For Alcohol Treatment Professionals
Do you want to provide options for Naltrexone and other medications to your clients, but need a physician to collaborate with? Are you intrigued by The Sinclair Method but believe that abstinence is critical?
Through telemedicine, we can help you provide medications to reduce alcohol craving for your clients no matter where they are. We can provide telemedicine consultations in-home and in-clinic for your clients. Together, we can provide the individualized focus and personal care that helps people stay sober and abstinent for the long run.
The private medical practice associated with Alcohol Recovery Medicine functions as a traditional specialty private practice to provide Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) as part of a comprehensive health care team. We are keen to work with others to provide the best in compassionate and evidence based care.
The growing recognition that medication, particularly naltrexone, (often referred to as The Sinclair Method), reduces harm associated with drinking is creating a new opportunity for to help people who have problems with alcohol.
Data shows that if someone has alcohol use disorder, abstaining from drinking completely is the safest course of action. However, in many situations, abstinence as the initial goal keeps people from seeking help. The targeted use of naltrexone, A.K.A., the Sinclair Method, recognizes this reality. Over time, the consistent use of naltrexone before every drink has been demonstrated to produce the extinction of alcohol craving. Once extinction occurs, patients can lose the desire to drink, and abstinence becomes a very attainable goal.
If you are a Physician interested in joining the Alcohol Recovery Medicine team, and learning how to use telemedicine to help those with alcohol use disorder, contact me for more information on how you can become a part of the movement to provide comprehensive care using telemedicine. I will be glad to provide additional references regarding alcohol use disorder and evidence based treatment using medications. You can learn about the treatment of alcohol use disorder from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health.
I learned about the targeted use of naltrexone this way:
One day, over lunch, a friend asked me if I would prescribe naltrexone for him. He wanted to take this pill before each business meeting so that it would help keep him from drinking too much. I had known him for years, and was surprised by his request. He did not consider himself an alcoholic, he simply was afraid he would embarrass himself by getting tipsy when he was hosting a meeting. As a specialist in addiction medicine, I encouraged him to stop drinking entirely, which is always the safest advice for anyone with alcohol use disorder. He was not ready to stop drinking, however. Although using naltrexone on an "as needed" basis was not the typical way to treat someone with alcohol use disorder, I could not think of any reason why it would hurt to use it this way. At the very least, it might reduce the harm the alcohol might cause, or even get him thinking about traditional alcohol treatment. At the time, I was conducting research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and I had often used naltrexone for alcoholics who were trying to abstain from alcohol after they completed detox. What I had not read yet were the studies suggesting that naltrexone was most effective for patients who drank alcohol while they were taking it, and that over time, the targeted use of naltrexone could reduce the desire to drink.
Years later, my friend would talk about how much naltrexone helped him.