I stopped drinking more times than I can count. During my last stint in rehab I was given naltrexone with no explanation how it worked. I took it daily and was able to abstain, but Googled naltrexone to understand how long I should continue taking it. Then I learned about The Sinclair Method. I asked my outpatient leader about it, she never heard of it. She asked the hospital department director, also never heard of it. I was highly suspicious and sober, but I was too curious and still looking for excuses to drink. Five more times. That is how many times I drank after that. Five. Yes, I had cravings after. I took a pill, drank, and had no desire to finish my single beer. Done. I know I am on the extreme end of how effective this treatment works — and lucky. But, I am dumbfounded as to why this is not THE first line of treatment for this terrible problem. BTW, came from a family history of alcoholics. I understand genetics greatly influences the effectiveness of this approach. Hope this helps someone.
Follow this link to learn more about the Sinclair Method.
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. I have since settled in North Carolina. I have experience working with various stages of addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, stages of life concerns and relationship concerns.
I tend to use a person-centered approach which simply means that I meet you where you are and work collaboratively to help you identify and work towards accomplishing goals. I will often pull from CBT when appropriate. I do encourage use of mindfulness and meditation and practice these skills in my own life. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion.
I recognize that reaching out for help is hard and commend you for taking the first step. We have professionals available who would be happy to help you move closer to reaching your goals related to your drinking concerns. You may reach these professionals by calling 877-322-2694.