Back in February we answered a question on our blog about the Sinclair Method, a process that promotes what’s called pharmacological extinction of alcoholism. We’re updating that information because a new company called Alavida has just opened in Canada, making the Sinclair Method available to everyone, regardless of where they live.
When doctors in Canada and the U.S. prescribe naltrexone for the treatment of Alcohol Dependence, they tell people to abstain from alcohol and to take naltrexone daily. Yet Dr. David Sinclair in Finland claims a 78% cure rate for Alcohol Dependence when naltrexone is prescribed according to his method. Dr. Sinclair’s research has been published in the peer-reviewed journals. See links below.
With The Sinclair Method, people only take naltrexone before drinking and never otherwise. Naltrexone is not like Antabuse – it causes no sickness when taken with alcohol and there is no noticeable change in people’s drinking behaviour when they first start taking naltrexone; this change in behaviour only appears over time. With The Sinclair Method Naltrexone is taken one hour before drinking alcohol; the usual dosage is 50 mg although this may need some adjustment up or down to fit the individual. This results in a process called the pharmacological extinction of Alcohol Use Disorder. At the end of four to six months of treatment with The Sinclair Method, 78% of Alcohol Dependent subjects are either drinking moderately or abstaining from alcohol. This method has been used in Finland with great success for over 20 years.
Alcohol and Alcoholism and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology