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The Cure for Alcoholism: The Medically Proven Way to Eliminate Alcohol Addiction [Paperback]

Roy Eskapa Ph.D. , David Sinclair

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Book Description

Oct. 23 2012
Finally, there is a cure for alcoholism. This is the first step.

Featuring new and updated information and studies, including an introduction by actress Claudia Christian, the second edition of The Cure for Alcoholism delivers exactly what millions of alcoholics and families of alcoholics have been hoping for: a painless, dignified, and medically proven cure for their addiction. Backed by 82 clinical trials and research that extends back to 1964, The Sinclair Method deploys an opiate-blocking medication in a very specific way—in combination with ongoing drinking—to extinguish the addictive “software” in the brain. The de-addiction process rolls back the addictive mechanism in the brain to its original pre-addicted state—before the first drink was consumed, making this program an actual cure for alcoholism.

Drs. Roy Eskapa and David Sinclair of The Sinclair Method have put together a sound scientific book that proves that with this particular method, alcoholism can be cured in more than 78 percent of patients. What’s more, the treatment avoids the dangerous withdrawal symptoms, allowing patients to detox gradually and safely while they are still drinking. This removes the need for expensive and unpleasant inpatient rehabilitation programs. Actual drinking levels and cravings automatically decrease until control over alcohol is restored. The bottom line is that patients can control their drinking or stop altogether with the simple yet powerful process outlined in The Cure for Alcoholism.

Including a new introduction by actress Claudia Christian about The Sinclair Method’s impact on her life, updated trial information, and a letter explaining the treatment that can be given to doctors by patients, The Cure for Alcoholism is a revolutionary book for anyone who wants to gain control over drinking.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; Second Edition edition (Oct. 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856137
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roy Eskapa, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has done pioneering research with naltrexone, uses it to treat patients in his private practice, and has worked closely with Dr. David Sinclair of The Sinclair Method on research into the causes and treatments for addiction. He also consults for and speaks to NGOs, government, health, and education organizations on Sinclair’s revolutionary cure for alcoholism and other addictions.

David Sinclair, PhD, is an American alcohol researcher who has worked for the Finnish National Health Institute (formally Alko Labs) in Helsinki, Finland.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much-need paradigm shift in in the theory of alcoholism and addiction treatment June 30 2013
By Gary B. - Published on
The first thing that I would like to point out is that I came across this excellent, life-saving book through what could almost be called a process of natural selection.

To explain: having been a problem drinker since the mid 90s, for over more than a decade I had gone through the frustrating process of experimenting with and ultimately exhausting every treatment option that I could find. From A.A. to acupuncture, there's very little that I haven't tried.

And nothing has worked.

So yes, prior to reading this book, I would say that I was desperate.

By this time I had already noticed various references to The Sinclair Method on the internet and had come across some videos on the web that the actress Claudia Christian had produced to raise awareness of this treatment.

And so, in late January of this year - and with very little hope left - I purchased The Cure for Alcoholism by Roy Eskapa.

Upon starting the book, the first thing that I was gratified to find was that it was very reader-friendly and set out the principles of The Sinclair Method (a process of pharmacological extinction involving the use of opiate antagonists such as Naltrexone and Nalmefene in combination with continued drinking) in a step-by-step manner that was very easy and very quick to grasp. Even for a layperson.

(Though it should be pointed out that there is a chapter for medical professionals in addition to a wealth of further academic references that back up the seemingly to-good-to-be true 78% success rate of this treatment)

The golden rule is that you must always take the pill at least one hour before drinking. Always.

Additionally, it's important that the patient knows that upon embarking on this treatment they are committed for life; to be clear - if you start drinking again without the protection of this medication the addiction will eventually re-establish itself.

As far as I can see, this caveat is the only real "catch" (if you want to call it that) to this treatment.

Having previously been exposed to Alcoholics Anonymous' disease concept of alcoholism, I found myself on more than one occasion being surprised by some of real, hard scientific facts around what alcohol addiction actually is and what role an unusually sensitive endorphin system in combination with Pavlovian conditioning plays in coming together to make an addict.

The best way to describe this book is that it's one those "Oh that's why I'm like this!" kind of experiences.

Moreover, the book is a satisfying read because it answers a lot of valid questions like, "Why haven't I heard about this treatment before?" (the quick answer to this, I'm sad to say, is "Money + Cynical vested interests").

As the book explains, the treatment industry in its current form - especially in the United States - stands to profit very little from this paradigm shift in treatment.

Furthermore - in the case of Naltrexone - because its patent expired in 1994, no pharmaceutical company can claim exclusivity over it. Thus, given that any company can produce it and can competitively sell it at whatever price they want, there is very little incentive for any of these companies to do a huge mass-marketing drive to promote it.

Another important issue that the Cure for Alcoholism addresses about TSM is the fact that one of the barriers that this treatment has had in being accepted in the recovery industry is due to the fact that for this treatment to work - for pharmacological extinction to take place - the patient must drink alcohol in combination with the medication.

The formula is Opiate Antagonist + Alcohol = Cure. This fact is explicitly repeated throughout the entire book.

However, it would seem that for many proponents of the 12 Step model of addiction treatment (the dominant recovery model in the United States) who are fixated on abstinence, the very notion of advocating a treatment in which it is absolutely vital that the patient MUST drink is not just counter-intuitive but unethical.

Still, despite these depressing facts, nothing can detract from the fact that this book is exactly what millions of alcoholics and their families have been waiting for. The patient case studies towards the back of the book are a must-read; such is the hope that they offer. And what's most helpful for any problem drinker reading this book is the structured, sequential manner in which Dr. Eskapa guides the reader through the whole process of what TSM is, how it works, how to go about obtaining that first prescription and just about every other question you could think of to ask inbetween.

So... dovetailing back to the beginning of this review and my own experience of The Sinclair Method... if you're reading this then you will perhaps be eager to know how I've got along with my own treatment.

The answer, patient reader, is that I have been granted a new lease of life. A "Get out of jail free" card, if you will. Given the most modest of expectations that I had before commencing this treatment at the beginning of April of this year, I honestly could not be happier.

As someone who many a night could not get to sleep because of the incessant demands of my lizard-brain addiction monster, it is quite a radical experience to find that same voice silenced. It's like I've got my bandwidth back.

I can concentrate on things now; I find that I can handle conflict better.

When it comes to things like anger, anxiety, boredom or loneliness, it is no longer my automatic response to consume alcohol. It's like I have been taken backwards in time to a point before I ever became addicted to alcohol.

In Pavlovian terms, "I no longer hear the bell".

And if that isn't the best endorsement for buying The Cure for Alcoholism then I don't know what is.

***For further information on my own journey with The Sinclair Method check out my blog at***
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caveats are necessary July 3 2013
By Coolest - Published on
First off, you *must* have a genetic proclivity for alcoholism for the Sinclair Method to work well. Secondly, you must not have drunk enough for so many years that you have liver damage (nalmefene, a variant that doesn't affect one's liver, may not be FDA-approved and thus not be available yet for the U.S. market). Thirdly, a cross-addiction to benzodiazepines precludes or severely hampers the success of the Sinclair Method. Why and how this physiological impairment exists is not well understood.

The first two conditions are noted in the book but perhaps not well developed or emphasized, and the third is not mentioned at all. It is important that the method not be overblown as a cure-all for everyone with an alcohol problem because the withholding or de-emphasizing of those conditions doesn't do anyone a favor. Greater discussion of and research into the value of this method versus the failures of the method will only prove beneficial. Too many success stories and not enough stories of disappointment will not lend credence to the effectiveness and greater use of the Sinclair Method - only an honest discussion will do that.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grateful for this Revolutionary Cure Nov. 13 2012
By Cazzie - Published on
I read Claudia Christian's book Babylon Confidential in which she writes so frankly about her hellish battle with alcoholism. Not only did she lose her house but, more importantly, she almost lost her life. She talks about how she stumbled upon Dr Roy Eskapa and The Cure for Alcoholism and taking the road less traveled, i.e. Naltrexone, was what made all the difference to her life.

Imagine my delight to then see that she's written the introduction to the new version of Dr Eskapa's book. I also noted that since the publication of that book, Naltrexone has been approved in the UK for alcoholism (2012). I've been following The Sinclair Method with great interest since that first book, reviews of which can be reached here:

The naysayers seem to miss out on the most important aspect of the entire method; i.e. you MUST take Naltexone EVERY time you drink or it simply will not work! For those who want to try abstinence or AA the book doesn't try to sway you. But for those who can't go down the road of abstinence it's giving an alternative route.

I myself don't even drink but have seen firsthand the difference it has made it in the lives of my friends who can't/couldn't control their drinking via traditional methods. My hope is that The Cure for Alcoholism and Babylon Confidential will reach people and spread the amazing scientific breakthroughs that Dr David Sinclair has been working on his entire life. I've seen a recent article in The Los Angeles Times:

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth May 10 2013
By Gingerale - Published on
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I quit drinking in January 2013 because of the treatment in this book. I am so appreciative to those who fought to bring this information to the Public and I am sure it will be the Cure in the future. I cannot thank you enough!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book Aug. 25 2013
By Melissa Danner - Published on
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Amazing book that gives you step by step instructions on how to break the addiction. My husband has tried everything from hospitalization, rehab, cold turkey, nutritional iv to antibuse but to no avail. This seems to be doing the trick. His desires are down & drinking decreasing. He's starting to drink normally. Great program for those that have tried it all but had no luck.

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