Recovery in 2018,TSM and Sinclairmethode.com
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 http://optionssavelives.freeforums.net or this Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingalifeofchoice 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. https://www.sinclairmethode.com It is a beautifully designed site and contains much of the same information as https://www.the-sinclair-method.com.
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 https://freepigeonpress.com/2018/01/06/my-liebster-award-nomination, 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.
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