New Vancouver-based company’s innovative approach makes treatment with naltrexone available to every Canadian battling an alcohol problem

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

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Fred

Completed the Sinclair Method July through Dec 26, 2015…date of my last drink. Feeling great and have no need to drink any more.

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Fred

Completed the Sinclair Method from July through Dec 26, 2015…day of last drink. It worked for me.

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Randy Pawich

I am curious if 6 mo is the required length of time to be on it. Started in March with complete success but I have no one to say if I can be done with Naltrexone. Dr. seems to have no answers. What a great tool this has been after years of nothing but AA . Still go but it’s not my only tool now.

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ATNS Team

Six months is often mentioned by those who have been successful with Naltrexone. We’ve also heard a year. Stop and see what happens. You can always go back on it you find you need it.

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ATNS Team

You can ask your doctor for a prescription for naltrexone. You can use it in two ways: take the pill and not drink, or take the pill and drink. This is the Sinclair Method and the idea behind it is what’s called pharmacological extinction. Your doctor may not have heard of either naltrexone OR the Sinclair Method. If you go our our Resources page, you’ll see a tab for “Medications.” Click on it and you’ll see a one page on Naltrexone, made by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the gold standard. Print off the one page and show it to your doctor. Then if you’d like to do the Sinclair Method, check out the Facebook group, “Your Choice, Your Recovery,” or the C3 Foundation.

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Pam Thomson

I’ve been following the Sinclair Method for a year and a half. One of the hardest things was finding a physician who was willing to read about it and assist me by prescribing Naltrexone. I was not the instant “poster child” for the method that I had hoped but I can see how I needed more time to make the changes and how important it was to me to make the start. I don’t think I would be doing as well as I am if I had been required to completely eliminate drinking. What I’ve achieved is a reduction by 2/3 of what I was drinking, gradual change of habits, and constant documentation of what I drink and when. I just finished reading the book Wasted and came on here to ask why the Sinclair Method is not mentioned. I’m glad to see that I can follow up here on the website. I’m very much in agreement with the concept of a variety of ways to deal with substance use disorder and a turn away from blame and negativity. I come from a family of alcoholics and have lost my brother and my Dad to the effects of drinking. I have other family members who are dealing with this and welcome the chance to share your ideas with them. My hope is that physicians can be educated in the full spectrum of treatments and methods and that future patients will be offered the chance to benefit from the research.

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Patrick

You can learn everything you need to know about “The Sinclair Method” by reading the book: “The Cure For Alcoholism” by Roy Eskapa and David Sinclair. Then decide for yourself if you need to pay $5,000. for the Alavida group to walk you through the program. I have had great life-changing success with the help of that book, naltrexone and one visit to my family doctor.

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Jasmeet

Hi was taking naltrexone since year,I stop drinking but I don’t know why I started drinking again

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