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Sinclair Method for Alcohol Problems Prescription-Drug

Studies have shown that the opioid-blocking medication, naltrexone, can help to reduce heavy (“binge”) drinking episodes and with continued use make it easier for people to stop drinking completely, if abstinence is their goal. What’s new about the Sinclair Method is not the medication itself, since naltrexone has been around for a very long time, but the prescribed regimen for taking it. For many years it was thought that naltrexone had to be taken every day in order to derive its beneficial effects on alcohol consumption, but then Dr. David Sinclair and his research team in Finland showed that naltrexone was just as effective if not more so when taken approximately one hour before taking the first drink. The physicians at Compass Health Group have seen very positive results with this method, especially when the medication is coupled with short-term individual counseling and/or participation in our once weekly Alcohol Moderation Group. Many patients using the Sinclair Method report that they are far less likely to drink to the point of blackout and severe intoxication after taking naltrexone. For more information about our use of naltrexone to treat alcohol problems, please contact us today by phone or email. | 425 Madison Avenue (49th St), Suite 1502, New York, NY 10017 | Phone: (212) 969-1899