Is alcoholism facing extinction? Sinclair method seems to gain traction.

Alcoholism is one of the leading causes of death with more than 200 different diseases caused by it, as well as one of the #1 reasons for accidents. Alcoholism is also a very common reason to cause marital troubles as well as childhood trauma.

Annual damage due to alcohol misuse: United States $249.0 billion

It is believed to be not curable and the affected patient will have to remain abstinent for life in order to prevent risk of relapse and in many cases death. Even though this may be true for most, it is also one of the main reasons why alcoholism is a disease which seems to always progress to a point where the decision to stop, is a life or death decision. Thus, many who reach this point have already lost the support of their loved ones, may have lost their income and may even be homeless before they seek help. In most cases, telling an active alcoholic who still "functions" that he/she will go this route, is most likely met with hostility as the subconscious mind will defend itself against the threat of taking away this "pleasure" that has now become a part of the survival mechanism of the brain. Therefore the classification as a disease.

Globally, alcohol misuse is the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability; among people between the ages of 15 and 49, it is the first.15 In the age group 20–39 years, approximately 25 percent of the total deaths are alcohol attributable

There is a method however that utilizes a program developed by Dr. Sinclair that uses the well known mechanism of extinction to address this problem. It literally leads to re-training the brain for "normal" drinking behavior, thus, is considered by some a cure of the condition. Even though I am not convinced it would be a good idea to label it as such, it seems to be a great way to address the disease earlier before it causes the usual damage.

“THE CURE FOR ALCOHOLISM is offering readers something that’s never been offered before … A REAL CURE. This book will change the face of alcoholism and rock the rehab industry.” — Arnold Lazarus, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers

There is a book available that I would consider a must read for professionals in the field of alcohol rehab as well as everyone who is in any way affected by this terrible disease. The Sinclair method is based on a mechanism of the brain, called extinction that reduces cravings and reactions by gradually removing the reward from such behavior by blocking receptors that are responsible for the reward sensations. Many studies have been conducted there is now a great deal of research available that is available on Dr Sinclairs website as well as material about said extinction effect with alcohol.

The main takeaway is that people affected by alcoholism won't have to stop cold turkey but can "ease off" and extinct the very disease with a success rate that has been said larger than 80%. During treatment well known drugs such as Naltrexone, naloxone, and nalmefene are being prescribed that are in the family of opiate antagonists. Those have been in the market for a very long time and are available as cheap generics.

I have struggled for a while if I should write this article as I believe now that alcohol is an unhealthy substance without any reason to be consumed. Some organizations resorted to marketing such as that wine is good for you for as it contains resveratrol, without telling you that you have massive amounts of it in grapes, raspberries, blueberries and mulberries.

Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous have proven to be effective help against relapse and turned many people from "hopeless drunks" into highly successful individuals and may therefore always the safer bet.

What I do think though, that it could help to get people to a clear enough state of mind to address the underlying issues and the behavioral side of the disease. Diagnosing conditions like depressions can be complicated with people who are active alcoholics and the Sinclair method might lend itself to diminish the effects to provide the needed insight and lowered stress responses to foster fruitful conversations.

I invite drug councilors to create a free profile on and hope you find this information useful. I also encourage the collaboration of all healing professions, be it western medicine as well as holistic healers or therapeutic practitioners to tackle this great problem of societies all over the world. Alcoholism wracks families and the lives of people who will experience a slow and steady decline into a personal hell that can be prevented.

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