My partner a severe alcoholic who’s 1 month into sobriety right now after a 15 year struggle has stumbled upon a new method to retrain the alcoholic brain called the Sinclair method. I will post a link with more resources and information about it. It’s a treatment involving a Pharmaceutical drug- Naltrexone which is a reward blocker typically used for opioid addicts. When used for alcoholics with the Sinclair method, they are supposed to keep drinking while taking naltrexone in order to retrain the reward receptors in the brain so with longer use, eventually the cravings and severity of alcohol use can subside.
In my relationship- my partner has tried almost everything available in our community/city with not lasting results. Multiple hospital stays including 2 medical detoxs and two 28day rehab programs, AA is an option but he struggles with the religious aspect of it. He’s willing to give therapy a try as well to dig into the root of his drinking.
My question is after all of that would be, has anybody in this forum heard of the Sinclair method and or has anyone tried it with any results (good or bad) they would be willing to share?
My concerns with my partner are
- it’s just an “excuse“ to drink
- he won’t comply or follow through with the method/treatment plan
- he won’t be honest With myself or his family (we do not live together)
- I just don’t trust his word
He wants to try this out because nothing has stuck before and it’s something new that may have good results for him. We’ve been together nearly 4 years and now my boundaries are that when he drinks, I do not want to be around that. So because of this new method, I want to be supportive but it’s very difficult, I know and he knows how quickly he finds the path of destruction when he’s drinking. Also because I choose not to be around him while he’s drinking, this will cut our time together because I don’t want to witness him drinking, even if it’s part of a treatment plan. Do I have to erase this line I’ve drawn in order to make him happy and show my support? He feels that’s unsupportive of me to not be around while he’s doing this. I don’t know what to do to make him feel loved but also respect myself in regards to this.