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A Cure for Alcoholism

As long as alcohol has been around, people have had problems using alcohol. From the direct and obvious effects of alcohol misuse, such as drunk driving, making poor life decisions, and health issues, to the indirect effects of alcohol misuse, such as poor performance, irresponsible spending, and broken relationships, alcohol has innumerable potential negative effects. For the longest time, the only treatment for alcoholism was abstinence, which for many people, is not effective. And to define "many people", the rates of success of alcohol abstinence for a 90 day stretch in a 3 year period of recovering alcoholics in a 2006 Scottish study was less than 6% of females, and 9% of males. That, is not success.

In the 1960s, Dr. David Sinclair started to study alcoholism, and found that alcohol use was interpreted in the brain as a reinforced behavior, much like sports and exercise, foods, sex, and illicit drugs. He hypothesized that if one were to block the reinforcement, that alcoholics could unlearn this behavior. Using the same medicine used to block the effects of opioids, this loop could be blocked. Hence, the term pharmacological extinction was coined, and so was The Sinclair Method. In his research, Dr. Sinclair and his colleagues' patients achieved nearly 80% success rate. That, is success.

Today, Dr. Mirza is using The Sinclair Method to help his patients with alcohol use disorder get a better grasp on their drinking and their lives. He has had great success with a number of patients, and is a proponent of The Sinclair Method. Watch the trailer for a documentary on The Sinclair Method entitled One Little Pill above, and then contact us today if you are concerned about your or a loved one's drinking, and help us help you become the best version of you!

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