Testimonials From Real People...
Share your own success story about Babylon Confidential and The Sinclair Method
by e-mailing Claudia.Christian@CThreeFoundation.org.
I haven't lost control of drinking in over 9 months. It is unfortunate more doctors aren't aware of The Sinclair Method and that there is a scientific mechanism to end the vicious cycle of alcoholism. I perceived right away the obsession to continue drinking was no longer more powerful than self-will. It is tragic that the turmoil my family and myself endured could have been prevented. I look forward to a day when those with a genetic predisposition to alcoholism will be identified sooner and pointed in the direction of people like Claudia and Dr. Escapa.
I won’t go into all my history with booze other than to say I have drunk since I was about 10 or 11 (I’m now 46). Alcohol killed my father and two of my brothers. My drinking got to its very worse a few years ago and this year I started TSM.
Within two weeks of starting TSM BANG - I had no interest in beer.
One month in BANG - I had no interest in wine.
One and a half months in BANG I had no interest in Gin! Can you believe this, GIN, the drink I almost lived for, gone!!!
Than finally Whisky, for me, the big daddy of them all - fell!
I used to say to my wife "if only there was a magic wand that would free me of this terrible curse" TSM is that magic wand!
My love/hate relationship with alcohol began when I was 15 and continued for over 3 decades. During that time I became the worst possible version of myself-many nights drinking until I passed out. In the morning I'd awake with a throbbing head, rancid breath and cringe as I tried to remember what I may have done the night before. Other times, I'd engage in dangerous sexual behavior and at times couldn't be certain if I'd actually had sex or not. As the years progressed, the frequency of regrettable actions did as well. The shame and self-loathing they produced became unbearable. In an attempt to control my behavior and change my life, I tried various supplements, ate a sugar free diet, tried yoga, hypnosis, took various vitamins and eventually the prescriptions Baclofen and Topamax. Nothing worked completely - I'd eventually start drinking again and revert back to my old behavior. Over the years I'd read many alcoholic memoirs and always enjoyed them. Unfortunately, most of them proclaimed AA to be their salvation and yes I tried and failed there as well.
In January of 2013, I picked up my Kindle and did a search for a new memoir of this genre and found "Babylon Confidential". When I started reading it, I was hooked immediately by the author's ability to tell her ultra glamorous life story and still sound down to earth and likeable. Toward the end of her book, Claudia begins to discuss The Sinclair Method and how it helped her. I'd never heard of it, but was very excited about the possibility of a cure. At nearly 50 years old, I was desperate to change my life and willing to try anything. On March 16, 2013 I took my first dose of Naltrexone. I began to keep a journal as specified in the book. Most days I was able to remain below the 4 drink maximum, but there were times (about once or twice a week) where I was still getting totally intoxicated. There was only one week where it was three times.
At the time of the writing, I am starting my third month on TSM and I'm mostly alcohol free. There have even been times when I poured a second drink down the drain-something that would have previously been unthinkable. It astounds me that so little information is available about this amazing discovery. Roy Eskapa explains why this is the case and I find it deplorable that this cures exists while so many continue to suffer. While I believe I still have a way to go before I'm fully cured, I'm confident that day will come. I cannot express enough gratitude to Claudia for writing this book and saving my life and the lives of countless others.
Like many alcoholics, I’ve tried almost everything to cure my addiction, but nothing ever loosened the strangle-hold grip alcohol had on me. I bounced from hospital rehabilitation, to mega-supplements, to psychotherapy, to Moderation Management, to Rational Recovery, and AA. I failed at them all miserably — the only things they succeeded at were dwindling my hopes and emptying my wallet.
After the bargaining and denial wore thin and misery started to saturate every aspect of my day, I embarked, yet again, on a quest to getting sober. By the grace of Google, I stumbled upon The Sinclair Method which is presented beautifully by Roy Eskapa, Ph.D. in his book, The Cure for Alcoholism. I read it in one sitting and realized from that point on my life might never be the same again and for the first time in my addictive life, I didn't feel so alone.
My road to recovery with TSM has not been as easy or straightforward as I hoped it would be. Looking back, it was foolish of me to expect a smooth ride and a short journey given the fact that I've been a daily, habitual drinker for years and the roots are deep and stubborn. During my TSM adventure, there’ve been twists and turns, brief miracles, confusion, rage, and setbacks. All along I guess naltrexone was tinkering away in my brain and doing its magic because four years later, I can now say that I'm safely out of the woods.
In the beginning, I approached this unorthodox magic with great skepticism, but now the skepticism is rapidly turning into euphoria as I personally follow this treatment and see the amazing results. I'm able to do things now that no struggling alcoholic could do without Herculean willpower, like have one glass of wine and stop!
I don’t think I will ever say that I’m “cured”, like most worthwhile things in life, being cured is not simply a destination, it's a work in progress that will last my lifetime.And even though naltrexone is a miracle, it's still only part of the work.
To all my fellow alcoholics out there in this mysterious universe — don't give up, don't ever give up!
Thank you Claudia Christian for being fearless and sharing your journey to recovery!
Amy Luwis is the author/illustrator of the award-winning book series, Yoga to the Rescue and creator of the hugely popular comic blog, RedandHowling. Amy is also co-founder of the nonprofit, AdoptAPet.com.
Sometimes, at the end of the day, you want nothing more than to kick back and relax. One convenient one I found was the drive in bottle shops I encountered on the way home. Pretty soon, killing boredom with a 4 pack became a 6 pack, a 6 pack became a dozen and then it was bottles of liquor.
In my peak habit, I was downing 700ml of bourbon on a nightly basis. Rehydrating. Going to work all the same but underperforming...
In time I came to find this becoming not just a release, but a habit - then it ceased being a habit and became routine - so much of a routine that in time I stopped even thinking about what I was doing. Eventually the physical effects started to take their toll and I made a decision to stop drinking, lose weight, and live healthy and all those usual promises you might make to yourself. I found that it was harder than just stopping, and my routine had taken a firm grip on my life. It got to the state that I would spend the day after a drinking session, mentally saying to myself "I'm not going to drink tonight" and then, driving home from work, find myself in a bottle shop, getting the regular 6 pack, falling asleep and waking up the next day feeling like garbage.
I've tried a few different things to kick the habit, but none of them worked. I put it down to personal weakness and felt awful for it, feeling helpless, worthless, unmotivated and depressed. As much as I am a fan of Babylon 5 (and finding myself having a lot in common with Mr Garibaldi) and Claudia's work, her story sounded extremely familiar.
After seeing the synopsis on Facebook I had to get a copy of her book not just for the behind the scenes details on TV and Movies, but also because I was curious about the Sinclair Method. After reading Babylon Confidential, I googled the details behind the treatment and sent Claudia an email. She sent me a copy of 'The Cure for Alcoholism'. I read it and absorbed as much of the technical details as I could, but it all made sense to me. I booked an appointment with my GP and he said that he had not heard of using naltrexone for alcohol addiction. He was keen to learn about the treatment and I gave him a copy of 'The Cure for Alcoholism' for him to read, after which he prescribed to me a packet of 50mg Naltrexone.
I'm happy to say that while it took me a little bit of courage to approach my GP, since I read Babylon Confidential and started treatment 2 months ago, I have lowered my consumption levels from 14 standard drinks per night to drinking a maximum of 14 drinks per week. I am constantly improving my sobriety, and I am very thankful that I have this opportunity to throw this distraction to the side and get on with living. The more I'm on this treatment, the less I drink and the less I have the urge to drink. As a result I've lost over 10 kilos over the last 3 months and I feel much better about life in general. If you're at all hesitant, all I can say to you is "Don't be afraid, help is out there and you're not alone!"
Ben from Adelaide, Australia (34 years old)
When drinking was fun, it was very fun. Until it wasn’t. But by then, the craving, the dependency, the addiction had set in.
And all the wires in my brain had been rerouted – from normal, although it is hard to recall what that was like since my drinking had started so early – to someone who could not go a day without taking a drink.
It didn’t matter if I woke up and declared to myself, “Today I will not drink.” By the end of the day, I was searching the house to see what was there. Beer, wine, and in my later years, spirits. I would mix myself a cocktail, thinking I was oh, so sophisticated, then eventually pass out – or take a quick little cat nap, I like to think of it – until it was late and I trudged off to my bed, in one stage of intoxication or another.
I had quit drinking once for three years – my longest spell of sobriety – and honestly didn’t miss drinking. But the day I took my first drink after that bout of abstinence, it was over. I began drinking in earnest again.
There is a certain amount of desperation that sinks in when you realize you can’t stop something. You know it’s not good for you. You know that it all goes downhill from here. And whether you believe or not, a little prayer goes out each morning in the hope you can stop and be saved.
I don’t know how it happened, exactly, but I ran across Claudia Christian and the Sinclair Method last summer. Actually, I do know how it happened but it seems like such a strange coincidence, I can’t even mention it. But isn’t that how these things always work?
Although very scared – because who needs another failure? – I contacted her by email.
She was unbelievably gracious and agreed to meet me for coffee because we live less than 10 miles from each other. Before our meeting, she sent me “The Cure for Alcoholism.” I read it in wonder. Extinguishing the craving? Cure? Could it be?
The Sinclair Method seems like a piece of magic Harry Potter might conjure up if Harry Potter used his powers for such things.
You take one pill – naltrexone -- one hour before you drink. That’s it.
Claudia asked me to keep a diary of my drinking for the first month.
I went from drinking five to seven days a week to once a week. And I would drink half a glass of wine and not want anymore. Yes, I didn’t want anymore. And I didn’t get drunk.
But the alchemy of that pill on my head knocked that craving out. I could go out and actually drink socially. I didn’t drink myself into a stupor on my sofa. I didn’t drink every single day, didn’t hide alcohol, didn’t embarrass myself. And I didn’t wake up with a hangover. It all seems rather miraculous.
I believe in my hours of desperation, my voice was heard and I was led to Claudia, whom I call my savior because it was she who pointed me to The Sinclair Method. It works.
Perhaps Claudia doesn’t want to wear the mantle of being anyone’s savior but she truly saved me.
Maybe it would make more sense if the Sinclair Method was more elaborate than it actually is. One pill. One hour before. But it’s dead simple.
As for me, I carry a little pill holder on my keychain with a few doses of naltrexone – and gratitude in my heart for Claudia. Both are with me always.
Diana, Photo Journalist (52 years old)
- Nothing feels worse than pretending to be someone you are not, especially when you are portraying to the outside world that everything is just perfect when you are actually crumbling inside. I was living what most people consider to be a dream life but I was living it as a high functioning alcoholic.
- Even though I was a successful and well-respected businesswoman I felt like a fraud, holding an almost unbearable amount of shame behind my forced smile. Hiding my addiction was a full time job and being the over achiever that I am, I was really good at it.
Most of my friends didn’t even know I went to AA until almost 1 year into my sobriety. The AA plague of professing myself to be an alcoholic at every meeting and promising to NEVER drink again for the rest of my life was daunting to say the very least. Please don’t get me wrong, I think AA is a wonderful program that helps many people, it just wasn’t for me.
Ironically on July 4th, 1 year and 1 month after my sober birthday I decided that it was time for me to be “normal” again and toasted with a glass of champagne to freedom. A few months later I found myself obsessing about how much alcohol I was consuming. The writing on the wall showed that I was well on my way back to being a full time alcoholic and I was terrified that this time I might not be so lucky, this time maybe AA or will power wouldn’t save me.
Claudia and I reconnected in the early fall, just a few months after I got sober with AA. Besides sharing our alcoholic war stories she told me about her success with the Sinclair Method. I was extremely skeptical and honestly did not believe that what she was saying could be possible. I could drink like a normal person by taking a little pill 1 hour before ingesting alcohol?
- When donkey’s fly I thought - It sounded too good to be true, there had to be a catch!
- I could not believe that a cure for alcoholism existed, much less a treatment that eventually allowed you to drink like a normal person. It sounded far to good to be true.
As my cravings got worse later in the year I confided in Claudia about my internal struggle and how my will power not to binge drink was weakening. Of course, Claudia being the persistent woman she is brought the Sinclair Method to my attention once again. At this point, being so scared and desperate I agreed to try my first pill with Claudia at her house over a home cooked meal and a great bottle of wine.
In the midst of finishing one of my last bites of the dinner I realized that only a few sips of wine were missing from my glass. How could this be? Besides feeling a little bit nauseous, which Claudia forewarned me happens to some people when they take Naltrexone for the first time, my alcohol craving and the beast that drives it were absent. Claudia is a fantastic cook and this time I was able to enjoy the meal instead of worrying about whether there was enough wine to go around for the night or how I would make an excuse to leave early so I could have time to pick up liquor on the way home and drink it in the car before facing my husband.
Before the Sinclair Method, every time I went out to a social function it was like playing Russian roulette. I could never predict how bad my disease would dominate the evening and the out of control embarrassing behavior that followed along with it. It is such a relief to be able to know that all I have to do is take Naltrexone 1 hour before going out and consuming an alcoholic drink. No more was I the drunk girl at the party making a fool of herself.
Without Claudia’s introduction to the Sinclair Method I would not be living the full life I am enjoying with the wonderful addition of the self-respect that I have today. All the energy I used to spend on catering to my addiction is now focused on nurturing more life experiences that I can be present for and appreciate. No more shame, no more isolation, no more lying, no more fear of me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Claudia – I owe you my new life and am so proud to see that you have the courage to share your story with the world.
Susan, Investment Banker (32 years old)
Mark Twain once famously wrote, “It’s easy to quit smoking. I’ve done it hundreds of times”.
Aint that the sad truth. And, when it comes to any type of addiction, isn’t that essentially the very definition of the problem? An inability, despite all better judgement, to stay stopped.
Regarding my own addiction to alcohol, I’m one of these people who sheer force of will could go a number of days, weeks or months without drinking, but could never truly stay stopped. This is because – up until now – the booze has always been too seductive a mistress to stay away from for very long.
And believe me, it’s not like I haven’t tried. Over the last 15 years I’ve tried everything from A.A. to acupuncture and nothing has ever worked for me. I would be abstinent for a period of time and then, upon picking up the drink again, it would be like a nuclear bomb going off.
Inevitably, the aftermath of each one of these relapses would be broken promises, broken relationships and a broken mind.
So: when I discovered The Sinclair Method it wasn’t without some degree of scepticism. However, the more I read about this therapy, the more and more interested I became; one of the most persuasive factors being the weight of clinical evidence to support the effectiveness of this treatment which has a reported 78% success rate (78%?!?!).
What’s unique about The Sinclair Method is that it’s the only therapy available that directly works to permanently extinguish the craving itself. It does so through a process of pharmacological extinction using opid antagonists like Naltrexone and Nalmefene to block the endorphin receptors in the brain. In other words, the alcoholic doesn’t get quite the same “high” that they used to get from drinking and over a period of weeks and months the brain becomes purged of its addictive wiring. Another radical difference to other treatment methods is that you actually have to drink whilst taking the medication for it to work. The golden rule is that you pop a pill an hour before picking up a drink.
To say that this got my attention is an understatement.
This is where Claudia Christian enters centre stage. Through the research I had done I already knew of her tireless efforts to promote TSM, I knew of her book Babylon Confidential, and in a moment of pain and desperation I reached out and e-mailed her through her website. It has to be stated that at that moment in time I’d reached the point where I was desperately sick and had to acknowledge that I’d just had enough.
If I’m truthful, I think that I was already part of the way there on my TSM journey (to a large extent I was already persuaded), but I was just in need of that extra “push” to get me started.
Much to my astonishment I received a reply from Claudia that very evening and, upon reading the contents of her e-mail, I couldn’t be more thrilled. To get that level of encouragement, kindness and support was overwhelming. It was exactly what I needed to strengthen my resolve and... after a bit of a bumpy road... I commenced treatment in early April 2013.
Since then I’ve never looked back. At the time of writing I’m only just ending my fourth week and the difference is astonishing. I’m drinking a quarter of what used to be my average weekly alcohol intake. This isn’t just surprising (surprising is too inadequate a word), this is truly a miracle.
Thank you so much, Claudia. You’ve saved my life.
Gary, IT Professional (38 years old)