Alcohol Addiction Treatment
At Wimpole Aesthetics, our aim is to put you in control of your drinking. The majority of patients we see in-clinic do not wish to abstain completely, but instead would like to gain the tools to manage their condition and eliminate the consequences of their drinking which has prompted them to seek treatment.
Our medical director, Dr Joshua Berkowitz, has been offering the Sinclair Method for many years since he first worked with Dr David Sinclair, the founder of this unique and innovative treatment method.
Dr David Sinclair proposed a method of treating alcohol addiction, dependence and abuse with Naltrexone. This short-acting opiod inhibitor is administered when one is continuing with your normal drinking habit and, over time, it allows you to take control of your alcohol consumption.
This alcohol addiction treatment works by blocking the receptors that trigger the positive effects that ethanol-dependent endorphins release in the brain. This medication is capable over time of changing addictive behaviours into non-addictive behaviours and can be an effective alcohol addiction treatment.
Results from the Sinclair Method have been highly successful and it works for about 80% of people who follow the method properly. The Method is not a magic pill though; it still relies on the patient’s personal commitment to the programme which is why Dr Berkowitz has modified his treatment protocols for his patients to improve its chance of success.
Based on a friendship and close working relationship with Dr David Sinclair of over three decades and from the personal experience of treating many patients during this time, Dr Berkowitz strongly believes that this modified Sinclair Method represents the best chance of success.
Our approach to the Sinclair Method
All alcohol addiction patients at our clinic first need to detox and we offer a detoxification programme in clinic for them to follow. Then we advise the patient to drink every day for ten days, taking the tablets as instructed. It doesn’t have to be much – even just a unit or two – but the patient’s mind and body can then understand the relationship between alcohol consumption and the effects of Naltrexone.
After that, the patient need only take the tablet when they plan to drink, as per the original Sinclair Method, but the mind and body have recalibrated and the urge to drink excessively disappears while still allowing the patient to experience the normal enjoyments that life has to offer.
If you are interested in discussing the specific requirements for your alcohol addiction treatment in a confidential, professional environment, please book a consultation with a member of our team.