The Sinclair Method (TSM) is a research based, medication assisted treatment for alcohol use disorder that targets the brain’s reward system through the process of pharmacologic extinction resulting in the reduction of heavy drinking and addictive cravings.
Long-term recovery doesn’t happen overnight. The process takes time and does not require abstinence or hospitalization. One of the strongest effects of naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol use disorder is the progressive decrease in the desire for alcohol.
Research shows that in the first 30 days of TSM, 36% of people had a 20-70% reduction in their drinking, 43% had a 20- 70% reduction in 1-6 months, and 60% had a 70%-100% reduction in 6-12 months. After 1-2 years on TSM, almost 70% report a 70-100% drink reduction. Beyond 2 years, nearly 80% of people using TSM maintain a 70-100% reduction in drinking.
Not everyone can use TSM. Those taking opiate medications for chronic pain or have concurrent opiate addiction can not take naltrexone. Naltrexone is not recommended if you are currently pregnant or have severe liver damage.
In cases a acute withdrawal or hospitalization for detox is required, we refer to Northern Illinois Recovery Center.