How to Stop Drinking Alcohol without Rehab or AA | How I Got Sober

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hi everybody my name is Katie welcome to

my youtube channel embody daily today I

want to talk with you all about a method

that totally changed my life and allowed

me to over time quit drinking alcohol

and that method is called the Sinclair

method so you're watching this and

you're already familiar with the

Sinclair method you don't have to stick

around to watch but feel free if you

want to but today I really wanted to

speak to people who might be on youtube

searching for ways to quit drinking or

stop drinking or cut back on drinking

who are not yet familiar with medication

treatment and the Sinclair method for

alcoholism so I wanted to start this

video to kind of highlight some of the

topics that I'm going to cover I'm gonna

be talking about a method that is not

known to most people including most

physicians and doctors it's a medication

treatment method that has been tested

and proven time and time again to help

people reduce or stop drinking and stop

binge drinking and reduce cravings for

alcohol you can look up studies online

you can search naltrexone and the

Sinclair method and look up all the

studies that have been done on this

medication so this is an evidence-based

method that has been proven to work in

78 percent more or or more of people who

go on it for alcohol use disorder and so

that's a piece of it that's really

important to know this is not an

abstinence based method so even if you

do ultimately want to quit drinking

that's your long-term goal the way that

you get better on this method believe it

or not is by drinking on the method

that's how you get better and so this

method can give an option to someone to

be able to drink moderately and be that

moderate drinker and and you know how

not have more control over alcohol I see

so many people on this method that that

have that power back over alcohol and

can truly drink on special occasions or

a few times a year or you know on the

weekends only it really gives you that

control back over alcohol because it

takes away the cravings and the

compulsions to drink which I'll talk

more about so it's important to know

that that this is an evidence-based

method it's not abstinence based but if

you do want to be sober long-term it can

get you there I got sober on this method

after doing it for the course of a year

I was able to easily go sober and give

up alcohol and the third thing I want to

say is this

this is not a gimmick this is not too

good to be true I know what I'm saying

is probably new information to a lot of

people but it is a method that is tested

and proven and has been called a cure

for alcoholism now a little bit of quick

backstory on me I was dependent on

alcohol for about ten years basically my

entire 20s and about five of those years

I was really trying hard to quit

drinking or moderate my drinking and I

tried everything from AAA to silent

retreats to meditation retreats to

special diets to bodywork to watching

countless hours of you know inspiring

talks on YouTube or otherwise of people

who had gotten sober and nothing was

sticking for me long term I could get

you know a month under my belt I even

went six months one time but the whole

time I was basically trying to be sober

I'd be thinking about alcohol wanting

alcohol not in a peaceful state you know

I'd be triggered I try to avoid

situations it was just alcohol was still

controlling me even though I was not

consuming it and so this was my

experience you know drinking heavily for

ten years really trying to stop and cut

back for five without having any success

and I was just seeing how alcohol was

becoming a bigger and bigger hurdle in

my life the past handful of years I was

drinking you know at least a bottle of

wine a night often more and then I would

spend the weekends just day drinking all

day every day passing out hungover like

it was terrible so I was really looking

for ways to cut back or quit drinking

but every time I was trying to do that

again I was met with these cravings and

I would ultimately give back into

alcohol and just feel like a failure and

the whole thing would start over again

and then until one day when I was on

YouTube almost about two years ago now

and I discovered the TED talk by actress

Claudia Christian which is linked up

here and I'll put it in the description

box below

she's an actress who used this method

for herself to overcome alcohol

addiction and she started it about 10

years ago and has since created a whole

nonprofit which helps spread awareness

about this method and she's been a huge

inspiration for me to to get on this

method and to be an advocate for it as

well so I want to start by saying too

that this method is

absolutely revolutionary to anything

we've seen in the addiction treatment

realm so far and it does not support the

notion that you know someone has to hit

rock bottom to get help that they need

or that somebody has to be this severe

of a drinker in order to get help from

this method I've seen people who are in

frequent binge drinkers who can go weeks

without drinking but then go on a binge

do well with this method I've seen

people like myself who are nightly wine

drinkers do really well with this method

and I've also seen extreme alcoholism a

person and many people in this case two

people who are drinking half gallon of

vodka a day they've tried everything and

nothing has worked until they went on

this method and I know if you're new to

this method you're probably thinking

this is too good to be true that's what

I thought when I found it - but it's not

and studies have shown this has been

studied a lot you can look online for

four studies of the medication that's

used it's called naltrexone and we're

now trek zone is taken in combination

with what this method is which is taking

it with alcohol not with abstinence but

with alcohol you take it one hour before

you drink and how it works over time is

it's blocking the pleasure that is

firing in the brain that someone is

getting from alcohol when we drink our

body produces a ton of endorphins and it

becomes this really pleasurable and

rewarding experience for our brain and

so over time when we become dependent on

alcohol the the pleasure from alcohol

becomes basically the the top of the

hierarchy and it's why it's really hard

for people who are dependent on alcohol

to find pleasure and other daily

activities like you know playing with

your kids or going on a hike or watching

a great movie or art or anything I know

it was it was true for me where when I

was dependent on alcohol like I required

alcohol to do anything in life like

alcohol made everything fun or so I

thought or I needed it and if it wasn't

at a function or at a wedding or at an

event I'd be like when can we go so I

can go get some alcohol but that's what

happens on your brain when you're

dependent on alcohol is just basically a

mis misinterpretation of pleasure and

alcohol takes the front seat for us

needing to get that pleasure reward and

so we're constantly seeking alcohol and

so when you take this

in combination with drinking it's

cutting off that pleasure circuitry and

so you can still get drunk on the

medication you can still get intoxicated

and in fact many people are returned to

moderate drinkers meaning they can drink

at social events or you know on occasion

or here and there they can really be a

social drinker on this method because of

enough use of it over time with that

pleasure blocked you can truly have that

off switch and be able to stop at a

drink or two even if you were a blackout

kind of drinker before so how this pill

works is it's interrupting that pleasure

circuitry that's happening in your brain

and so that when you're drinking you

just begin to notice that it feels less

exciting less pleasurable it's not

giving you that same that same reward

that it did before and so as you do this

over time with enough repeated

experience where you're seeing drinking

differently what happens is your brain

no longer associates alcohol as the top

thing for pleasure and you begin to then

experience pleasure from other areas of

your life and alcohol begins to be a

smaller and smaller portion of your life

now this is speaking very generally it's

a very nuanced experience for most

people it works differently for most

people and I'll get into the length of

time it takes for this to work and you

know more details about how it works

that is generally how it's working

you're taking this medication one hour

before you drink the medication is

called naltrexone it's a generic

medication in the u.s. it's very

inexpensive for a month's supply it's

about thirty five dollars without

insurance it can be even cheaper if you

have insurance but the thing is is a lot

of doctors are not familiar with this

method so a lot of general practitioners

will not prescribe it because they are

not they're not taught about addiction

in school first of all so they often are

taught to just refer people out to our

systems of rehab and AAA which are all

abstinence based programs which this

method is not an abstinence based method

you drink in order to get better on this

method and in my experience you know

having that option to still drink when

you're dependent on a substance that

again and you're in your brain it's the

top of the hierarchy for your pleasure

it's the top of the hierarchy for your

survival so when you're dependent on

alcohol and now the severity is

different but when you're dependent on

alcohol you are equated it to your

survival it's like a normal person

needing water when you when you are

dependent on alcohol unconsciously it's

not conscious because a lot of people

consciously they're like why am i

drinking so much I don't want to drink

this much how do I stop drinking so much

that's what we're saying on a conscious

level but on an unconscious level with

it being at the top of the hierarchy for

our pleasure system we only see alcohol

as the place to get pleasure and so we

go after alcohol in order to get this

pleasure that we equate to our survival

so that's why it can be so hard for

people to cut back or let it go because

if you are equated something to your

survival on an unconscious level

you're gonna keep wanting to be drawn

toward it and there's a notion of

something called the alcohol deprivation

effect you can look it up online it's

also in a book that is devoted to this

method called the cure for alcoholism

but essentially the alcohol deprivation

effect is again when you're dependent on

a substance like alcohol and you

immediately take it out cold-turkey


over time what happens is you start to

feel deprived of it because again that's

what you're associating your pleasure

your survival to and so the more

deprivation you feel the more you're

gonna crave the more you're gonna want

it and so that's why often when people

who are getting sober and drinking again

getting sober and drinking again when

they go back to drinking their relapses

tend to be worse or more severe or

they're drinking continues to increase

because when you're feeling so deprived

you overindulge often on the substance

so that's a little bit about the alcohol

deprivation effect now I mentioned that

this method is not an abstinence method

for me it was very I felt very kind and

nurturing and healing to myself to be

able to indulge in alcohol which is a

substance again I was biologically

dependent on on a neurological level to

be able to indulge in alcohol when I had

the cravings - and by doing so knowing

that I was getting better each time I

drank in combination with the medication

because each time I was drinking in

combination with the medication the

pleasure was being blocked alcohol the

experience of drinking was just less

enjoyable I wasn't drinking as much that

started to taste different the whole

experience was just less pleasurable so

I found that I was drinking less and

less and less over time for example I

was drinking most nights during the week


a week and I started drinking six nights

a week then five and I wasn't drinking a

whole bottle anymore I was drinking a

couple glasses you know in the evening

and it just continued to reduce from

there and one of the biggest gifts of

this method that I realized as I was on

it for a few for a few months is how

much it started to remove the cravings I

had for alcohol and I didn't even know

how much I was craving alcohol until

those were starting to be removed and

this method works to undo those cravings

which again causes someone to drink less

and less and less overt over time and

like me ultimately just giving it up

because my cravings were totally

eliminated that I literally have zero

desire for alcohol and so I started to

notice that you know cuz I now that I

realized this it was it was not clear to

me at the time I was thinking about

alcohol almost all day every day I'd be

at work could be noon I'd be thinking am

I gonna drink tonight what am I gonna

drink am I gonna have my wine ritual

maybe I shouldn't drink I've drank every

day and it was just always planning

alcohol and even if I was was drinking

something at the moment I'd be thinking

about the next drink the next drink

again just going after alcohol at every

chance that I could it was always on my


and so as I was on this method longer

and seeing that oh my gosh I'm thinking

about alcohol list like my mind feels

more spacious I can think about other

things I feel like being creative I feel

like going for a walk it was just these

like epiphanies that were happening

because I had been so consumed with

thoughts of alcohol for so long and

cravings for alcohol as they started to

go away and I started to watch myself

shift and starting to view alcohol

differently it started to take less of a

hierarchy and my my hierarchy and needs

it was just getting less and less

important it was it was very empowering

now what do you do if you want to try

this method for yourself as I mentioned

most general practitioner physicians are

not familiar with this method so more

often than not I see people go to their

doctor and try to get the prescription

and the doctor refuses it just because

again they're not trained in addiction

they're not aware of medication

treatment for alcohol use disorder so

they don't always know about it I know

when I first started on this method I

was calling so many physicians to see if

anyone would prescribe it and nobody

would now with that said there are

people who are able to get the

prescription from their general

practitioner they're willing to work

with them or give it a try and so that's

still an option but just to be aware

that most general practitioners are not

aware of it and so a lot will refuse you

the medication you can find a

prescription there's a lot of doctors

that are coming online that are treating

for this method addiction specialists

and so there are many out there you can

visit claudia Christians nonprofits III

Foundation org and they have a list of

physicians that provide this method and

use medication treatment a lot of them

were through telemedicine so that means

that you can do phone or video

appointments with them to get on the

medication I work with one organization

particularly it's a telehealth platform

called RIA health and for me I I love

their program because it's a

comprehensive program where you not only

get the medication but you work

one-on-one with an addiction coach who's

gonna really help you change the

behaviors and habits around alcohol

because even though you are taking a

medication it's not as easy as just

popping a pill and kind of letting it do

the work often our relationship to

alcohol is very complex and there's a

lot of reasons why we drink and keep

drinking and use alcohol to kind of cope

and numb out and so it's really helpful

to not only be on the medication but be

getting some support therapy support

whatever it is for you or through a

program that can help you kind of

navigate these changes that are

happening in relation to your alcohol so

that's just a little video I hope this

is helpful to anyone who's looking for a

solution to stop drinking or moderate

drinking please check out other videos

I've made on this channel I've devoted

the past two years to really documenting

my experience and telling other stories

who have achieved success on this method

again it's it's proven to be 78%

effective at least in people who go on

the method and comply with the process

of it and are really committed to making

this change in relation to alcohol so I

hope this video was helpful thank you so

much for watching bye