It takes immense courage to admit that you have been an alcoholic and more strength to talk about the struggle against addiction and share the story with the public.
Actress Claudia Christian is travelling worldwide to talk about how Sinclair method helped her in beating alcoholism. She has recently been in Dharamshala to talk to the locals about the harmful effects of alcoholism and how to beat it through Sinclair method.
Claudia tried and tested many conventional methods, including being in rehabilitation several times, but she kept falling off the wagon and often binged on wine. That’s when she discovered the Sinclair Method (TSM), a treatment for alcohol addiction that uses a technique called pharmacological extinction—the use of an opiate blocker to turn habit-forming behaviours into habit erasing behaviours. The effect returns a person’s craving for alcohol to its pre-addiction state.
She read about the method in Dr. Roy Eskapa’s book “The Cure for Alcoholism” and ordered Naltrexone (the drug used for TSM in the US). Claudia says, “After taking the first dosage itself, I couldn’t finish the glass of wine that I was having!” Soon she lost her craving and did not have any compulsive thoughts about alcohol at all. It has been more than eight years that Claudia tried the Sinclair method. Now, she has made it her life’s mission to promote the benefits of the treatment to other people with alcoholic addiction world over. Although she drinks once in a while, Claudia takes Naltrexone prior to drinking.
Recently, she had been in Dharamshala, the picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh, India, which is famous for being the abode of His Highness the Dalai Lama, to talk about the Sinclair method and to meet with Dr. Kshama Metre, the National Director of the Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD), who has been working against alcoholism for the past 10 years and promoting the Sinclair method in the region.
While interacting with the locals, Claudia inspired them to talk about and be open about the problem of alcoholism and treat it like a disease. She stressed on being compassionate and loving with the person with alcohol dependency issue. Claudia said, “We need to understand that alcoholism is a disease and one needs to treat it such. It is important to be compassionate with the person and encourage him or her to take medication for the condition.”
As most alcoholics find it difficult to quit drinking, the method could be a blessing as it does not stop the person from drinking alcohol, instead it asks the person to take the medication, ideally an hour before consuming alcohol. Slowly and steadily, the person loses the craving for alcohol and may either stop drinking entirely or at least curb drinking to a manageable level.
Post her interactions, many women came forth with their stories of how their husbands, brothers and fathers are addicted to alcohol, which is damaging their lives as well. They showed keen interest in the method and also pledged to make it popular in their region, which is being plagued by rampant alcoholism.
Claudia also gave an inspiring talk to the CORD team members, asking them to promote the treatment throughout the region.
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Watch this space for more information about Sinclair method and Claudia’s brave story against alcoholism.