Recovery in 2018,TSM and

2018 has just begun, and hopefully it will be a good time for people in recovery from addiction. There is certainly a wider range of solutions out there, than have been available in the past, and attitudes are slowly changing away from the old traditional solutions towards more modern, effective answers. The internet and online book selling outlets have been a real game changer for those looking for solutions. In the past it was difficult finding answers.

When I finally gave up the drink 11 years ago, pretty much everybody just went to AA. I did for about a year and a half, but I was not looking for a religious solution. I used AA as a sort of sober collective to be part of, and the social side really helped me along with inspiration from people who had been stopped for multiple years. However, although I found some of the ideas of AA helpful, I did not look at the steps as a valid solution.

I was lucky enough to be able to afford to have some private therapy and CBT became part of the solution for me. This lead to me finding out about Smart Recovery which offers some great ideas that were really helpful for me. I also discovered The Sinclair Method, and it is this solution which I feel has the most potential to really help a huge number of people who wish to commit to dealing with their issues with alcohol.

One of the main people publicising The Sinclair Method or TSM as it is often called is Claudia Christian who wrote this piece here for me. She has her own site and has done TED Talks as well as producing her own film called One little Pill which is really worth watching.

It does take time for a new solution to get properly recognised and TSM has a long way to go. Because it does not demand abstinence many traditionalists are against it, especially those who make money from the 12 step rehab industry. TSM is cheap and allows an individual to detox safely and with dignity. It does not require the patient to be locked up for as long as their medical insurance allows.

I have experience of many people doing really well with this solution. There are online communities forming such as or this Facebook group   These are great places to ask advice and learn from other people’s experience. The regulations about the supply of Naltrexone or equivalents, vary around the world, but most people can find a solution after asking advice online. Dr Eskapa has written a great book called The Cure for Alcoholism which explains how TSM works and provides a background on all the research.

As I wrote earlier, it will take a long time for the new solutions to real get a foothold in the recovery world that has become very set in its ways, and is sadly old fashioned. Here is a new site about TSM that spreads the world in Dutch. It is a beautifully  designed site and contains much of the same information as

It is great to see more people talking about this solution especially this month, as many take their first steps into the world of recovery during January. They often find it harder than they think, and TSM may well be the most effective solution out there for them.

Anyway, congratulations for anyone who has decided to do something about their drinking or drugging. Welcome to the world of recovery. The best piece of advice that I can give is to be open minded and do a lot of your own research about the different ways of beating this problem. It is not always easy, especially in the early days, but there is a lot of support out there. We are all different, and need different solutions and support.

I will add the odd piece to the site but also have a few other people who are going to contribute and hopefully I can do a few more podcasts. This site just got a mention here, so thanks Gary! He writes a lot about his great experiences with TSM and also gives advice to people starting out. He is in the film One Little Pill.

Happy New Year!


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  1. I just read the above article and am sitting here thinking of how great it would be to combine the Alcoholics
    Anonymous of the 1970s with The Sinclair Method. Our fellowship membership doubled in number during
    that decade: (each one reach one). Pride and arrogance, dogma and distortion have all but destroyed the
    fellowship I found in the early 1970s.
    Simply, we made several blunders, as Bill W. called them. He warned us over and over about the mistakes
    we might make. I believe we have made all of them. I have come to believe that the Big Book is not the final
    complete answer. Personally I found the rest of the answers in several other books. AA Comes of Age, and
    Not God. Pass it on and Dr. Bob and The Good Old Timers were helpful.
    I am going to try to explain the mistakes we made, as I saw them taking place: By far the worst mistake
    we made was making “How It Works” as part of the meeting format. Bill placed this chapter containing the
    twelve steps in chapter five for a specific reason.
    Cramming the steps down member’s throats, the cult like chanting, today’s concept of sponsorship and
    our warm welcome to prison inmates have added to our decline. These errors we made at the group level.

    • Hi Bobby, thanks for your comment. I certainly agree with you and feel AA has got too hung up on Dogma. I think Bill Wilson would have been really pleased about The Sinclair Method. He certainly tried things such as LSD and Niacin and was open to medical ideas.
      It would be great if people talked about TSM in AA meetings. I think the fact that people who use TSM have a desire to stop drinking mmeans they should be welcomed to AA, and given a space to share. The reality is that most meetings do not welcome sharing about anything in recovery that is not related to the Big Book.
      AA is still the most popular support group in the recovery world and is certainly the most established, but it does need to look at modern developments if it is to truly help the still suffering alcoholic.

  2. I am very interested in the Sinclair Method again I am a person who has tried it all in fact I even have been given the opportunity to become a yoga teacher/trainer. Yet I am still as they call it Relapsing. As I feel it is staying at a minimum because I am drinking wine instead of hard alcohol I wake up just waiting for the store to be able to sell it. Count my hours so that I am “sober” before I teach or meet someone for a one-on-one class. Even though I do not want to drink and would love to never touch the stuff again I am back at the store buying another bottle or two. I know this is a chemical craving. I have studied in depth so many different “solutions’ Rehab twice, AA for years on and off, lithium orate, yoga (of course), I could keep going but I am sure that you have the idea. I am tired of suffering and yet keep going back. I am spending more time making sure I am buzzed and clean in time to just be only slightly present in the world. This is not what I am on this earth to do.
    Thank you

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