Q: Why haven't I heard of The Sinclair Method before?
A: The addiction industry is just that—an industry (and a huge business at that). Rehabs make billions of dollars based on a revolving door policy. Most people go back a number of times and they make, on average, 1,000 dollars per day per patient. And AA makes so much money selling their literature all over the world that they have no interest in a treatment that will cure 78% of the alcoholics worldwide. Why would they? If they lose 78% of their business they will most likely be OUT of business.
In addition, the government PAYS doctors to detox people (and some doctors have their own little rehabs set up outside of their office). They rake in Government funds for these useless practices. You can detox at home for FREE on The Sinclair Method. There’s no reason to pay 2-10 thousand dollars to detox and no need to take drugs to detox either. You simply taper off of alcohol at home with a friend or loved one watching over you and helping you if need be.
To me, addiction should be a not-for-profit endeavor, the way we at C Three Foundation look at it. We aren't looking to make money from people's pain and suffering. We want to make as much information and as many options for addicts and their loved ones available for free.
In addition to the lack of financial incentive for treatment, the US especially seems to be stuck in the year 1935 when Bill W borrowed some ideas and literature from a defunct religion called The Oxford Group. The big book has never been scientifically looked at nor has it been edited since 1935. (And the mainstream media has done nothing to help that. Have you ever seen a film with ANY treatment other than AA or NA used for a character who is an addict? I doubt it…) It is so ingrained in our social fabric that rehab and AA are the only choices that we have, we've become used to that idea--and it is utterly wrong.
Most people do not realize it is against your constitutional rights for a court to make you go to an AA meeting. The 2nd, 7th and 9th district courts have all ruled court-ordered attendance of AA violates the Establishment Clause due to the religious component of the program, so you have the right to refuse and demand an alternative treatment. In addition, the courts send criminals and sex offenders to AA meetings ALL the time. Is this where you want your child-sibling-parent-friend to take meetings? With hardened criminals and sex offenders?
Non-12-step mutual aid groups include: SMART Recovery, Moderation Management, Women for Sobriety, LifeRing Secular Recovery and Secular Organizations for Sobriety and of course my choice--The Sinclair Method. The ONLY one boasting a 78% long term success rate is TSM and it is the only one that deals with the neurology of addiction.
I believe that traditional treatments are based on denigration and negativity—you fail, you are morally bereft. Through their methods, you are a bad person if you cannot get sober and you are labeled an addict for LIFE. Why would anyone want that? With TSM you can be private, safe and you can be done with your learned behavior for good. I am no longer an alcoholic and I no longer display the hallmarks of an addict. So why would I want to stand up everyday of my life and shout "I'm an addict"? No thanks, I'll stick to my one little pill.
I am all for any treatment that helps an addict, but it is my belief that you must treat the brain first and undo the addiction before you can really heal the soul. You can have the best relationship with God and still fail to pray away your alcoholism. You can be the most spiritual person in the world yet not be capable of undoing the neurology of addiction.
Sometimes we need medical treatment. This is the twenty first century—we DO have modern options available. I believe we should take advantage of them. If I did not have to take a drug to maintain my remission from alcoholism believe me—I would be happier. But the fact that it is the ONLY thing that has worked for me makes it more than okay and I am utterly grateful to have that option—the option to be healed, healthy and normal once again.