I recall having my first beer in the back seat of a VW bug at the age of 15. I will turn 62 a little later this year. During the past 46 years I was never a binge drinker, but I was a consistent drinker. On average for the past umpteen years or so, I would averaged 8 to 11 units of alcohol a night. I typically did not drink during the day except on occasional holidays or when engaged in a conducive weekend activity. I rarely got falling down drunk, though in all those years of drinking, I did have my moments - my embarrassing moments. I guess I was classified as a "functional alcoholic". I was married, had two children, got divorced, got married, got divorced and got married for the third time. I exercise, am fit, hike and run marathons. I spent 37 years in a corporate career, much of it in personnel management where I was afforded an opportunity to be educated on managing alcohol/drug dependent employees. I provided job related alcohol/drug related consoling and sent multiple employees through alcohol and drug rehabilitation. I terminated employees for their alcohol and drug issues. And all that time, I knew I was an alcoholic. I did not deny it to myself. Over the years, I have tried AA, white-knuckling it, tapering, different alcohol, religion, etc. Alcohol was always, always a part of my adult life. I spent countless hours reading and searching the internet, looking for help to stop drinking without succumbing to a 12 step program, which from experience, I knew was not the answer for me. For over forty years I knew I drank too much, too often, too consistently. I can only thank fate that I never injured or killed another person driving drunk before I became aware of Naltrexone and The Sinclair Method this past July, 2014.
I was driving home one late July afternoon after a hike at a local National Park. The local NPR station was broadcasting an interview with a lady, who’s name I do not recall, talking about Finland and a doctor named Sinclair, and something about alcohol addiction. I started to pay attention — and that’s the way it started.
As soon as I got home I put Google to work and started searching and reading everything I could about Dr. David Sinclair, The Sinclair Method, Naltrexone and Dr. Roy Eskapa’s book, The Cure For Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction. I bought the book (used on Amazon) and read it cover to cover immediately. It made logical sense - well, understand, I wanted it to make sense. The only reference I had to endorphin release was based on exercise and running, and I had no clue about opiate blockers. Next step, I called my doctor (PA) and requested a telephone consultation. When we spoke, I briefly explained what I was up to and ask if he would write me a Rx for Naltrexone. He never heard of Naltrexone, and he certainly had never heard of TSM, Dr. David Sinclair, Dr. Roy Eskapa, and very possibly NPR. However, he was willing to do some research and get back to me. He called back and we set up an appointment. He agreed to write the Rx with the condition that because the AMA journal prescribes that Naltrexone should be taken daily and with alcohol abstinence, he would have to write the script with those conditions.
From reading Dr. Roy Eskapa’s book, I understood the AMA conditions and was prepared and simply accepted the doctor’s recommendation. He also wanted me to get a liver blood test before starting Naltrexone and one month into the program. Agreeing to all of that, I was on my way to pick up my first bottle of Naltrexone and a journal pad to record my progress.
Fast forward. Seven and a half months later I have a drink maybe once or twice a month - or I don’t. And typically when I do, it is because I am out to dinner with my wife and I enjoy the taste of wine with dinner, or at a gathering with friends. My desire for alcohol is pretty much zero. My desire to have that second drink after I do have a first one is absolutely zero. I have not had any great epiphanies, revelations or out of body experiences. I don’t run faster or longer, and am not funnier, hungrier, fatter or skinnier. I am simply no longer dependent on alcohol. I am also not a statistical threat to other drivers on the road when I am returning home after having dinner out, though I do wake in the morning with a clear head - which is a huge benefit. And, I don’t spend hundreds of dollars a month any longer on alcohol beverages.
And speaking of money. Formal rehabilitation treatment programs, as a whole, cost thousands of dollars and have a relatively very low success rate, and revamp visits are not free. AA, granted, is less expensive, requires abstinence, spilling your guts for sins you committed when you were twelve and again, has a very low success statistic. To date, including a subsequent Rx supply of Naltrexone, which because I only take one pill, one hour before I have a drink, will last me well into 2020, I have spent about $172.
Naltrexone, TSM, Dr. Sinclair, Dr. Eskapa and the good people at C Three Foundation have provided me, and are providing you an opportunity to stop having alcohol control your life. It works. Regardless of all the rationalizations, nay-sayers, innuendos and people who profess abstinence is the only way, Naltrexone works. Yes, you have to be ready and want to control your drinking. You have to want Naltrexone to work, but at least give it a chance. The clinical and physical evidence is there. It’s your choice. Good luck and may you enjoy your new-found independence from alcohol as much as I have.