Alcoholism does terrible things to a person. It can cause a person to lose their job, their marriage, their children, their home and even their faith. Alcoholism even has the potential to kill, as evidenced in this book, The Cure for Alcoholism by Roy Eskapa, Ph.D., who talks about his 35-year-old friend who died because of his drinking problem. So the question becomes, do we want a cure for alcoholism? Yes, most certainly. And while there are different ways of curing alcoholism, Dr. Eskapa puts forth one method that works: The Sinclair Method, created by Dr. David Sinclair, who discovered how using a type of medication cured alcoholics. We should be glad there is finally a “cure” for alcoholism, but this is not the only way to cure it. Different things work for different people, but if one is willing to use medication to help oneself stop being an alcoholic, The Cure for Alcoholism will outlines how.
I have several issues with the material in this book. The rat study Sinclair used in the very beginning didn’t strike me as the right way to test his theories. The rats had NO motivation "not" to drink. I think if I was locked up in a cage all day with nothing to do and no one to be responsible for, I’d spend my days drinking, too, if the booze was available. I really don't approve of animal studies in the first place, but given this was used so thoroughly as the doctor's basis for finding a cure for alcoholism, I don't think he took the right approach. My bias against animal studies made it very difficult for me to want to read all about how naltrexone was tested on rats.
I also didn’t like how the author constantly knocks AA and keeps saying it doesn’t work. It does, for some people. A “cure” for alcoholism is not “one size fits all.” There are different methods that work for different people.
Finally, his program is touted as THE only cure for alcoholism, but he says it won't work unless you take a pill or two every day. And you have to take it for the rest of your life. As to the issue of taking a pill to beat alcoholism, alcoholism is a disease, likened to someone “being sick,” and usually when someone is sick, they are prescribed a medication. In this case, the book pushes naltrexone as the medication to be prescribed. The pill touted in the book, naltrexone, does have a scientific, proven method of helping an alcoholic. A person who becomes an alcoholic does so because they have a genetic predisposition to addiction, but naltrexone does not attack this. The naltrexone discussed in this book has the ability to quench the pleasurable effects created from drinking alcohol. If I was in such a position, I’d have reservations relying on a pill to help me combat alcoholism, especially one that needs to be taken for life. But for people who struggle with alcoholism and are trapped by their addiction, using the Sinclair Method may be the best option.
This book strikes me more as a very, very long advertisement for naltrexone than it does as a self-help guide. Still, the copious amount of studies proving the Sinclair Method works makes for a pretty convincing argument that this is, indeed, one very good way to cure alcoholism. It also discusses alcoholism and the genetic predisposition for addiction quite thoroughly and these parts of the book are definitely worth reading.
While a student at the University of Cincinnati then, later, at the University of Oregon, David Sinclair shifted his studies towards alcohol research. It was this shift which led him to discovering what would ultimately become a “cure” for alcoholism, as well as other addictions such as heroin. This cure, first tested on lab rats then later on drug addicts, prompted Dr. Sinclair to develop the Sinclair Method, a scientifically proven method for ultimately curing alcoholism. In The Cure for Alcoholism, author Roy Eskapa proves how and why this method works, then provides a blueprint on how to put this method to use.
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.