DRINK LESS WITH ALCURE
Using the Sinclair Method
California, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
GENTLY DISRUPT THE URGE TO DRINK WITH SAFE, FDA APPROVED MEDICATION
Your Alcure provider will prescribe naltrexone, a safe FDA approved medication.
TAKE THE MEDICATION IN A TARGETED WAY
We'll show you how to follow Sinclair Method protocol where you take a naltrexone tablet only when you drink. There are nuances to the protocol and compliance is important to succeed. We'll show you exactly what to do in our video tutorials.
UNLIMITED ACCESS TO YOUR PROVIDER
Your Alcure provider and our tutorials will help you make optimal adjustments as you progress so you get the best results.
REACH CONTROL IN 4-6 MONTHS
On average 78% of Sinclair Method patients stop drinking in 9 months and most reach controlled drinking in 4-6 months. Studies show success is boosted approximately 10% with strict medication dosing compliance. That's why our tutorials focus on compliance. Clients can also choose to either stop or cut back as a goal.
"The Sinclair Method offers a graduated way for people to cut back on their drinking without risking alcohol withdrawal. It can provide a safe and effective way for people to cut their drinking back to a safe and manageable place."
Sinikka Green, M.D., Emergency Medicine
VIDEO CHAT MEDICAL ASSESSMENT
You'll start with an initial medical assessment with your Alcure provider. Our video chat and email platform comes with robust security and meets all HIPAA requirements.
OUR TUTORIAL VIDEOS
We'll give you access to our tutorials which are divided into three modules. The first module walks you through Sinclair Method protocol so you'll become a pro at medication dosing compliance, key to success. The second module shows how to take advantage of days when you're not taking the medication, harnessing a phase called "upregulation" as the medication eliminates from your body. The third module takes head-on strategies to neutralize secondary causes of alcohol use disorder.
MONITORING AND ADJUSTMENT
As you progress through treatment you'll have unlimited access to your Alcure provider by video chat and email for guidance to optimize treatment. Some clients will require an increase in dosage, some a temporary decrease and others repeat medication dosing when they drink. Each client is different and by having unlimited, ongoing access to your provider we'll help you adjust to meet your particular needs so you can reach your desired goal.
Clients usually report a growing indifference toward alcohol as they progress. Once clients reach their goal they move onto the maintenance stage of Sinclair Method treatment. This involves periodic check-ins with your Alcure provider for a reassessment and refill of your medication. Once you reach maintenance you may pause recurring payments and schedule one-time payment visits with your Alcure provider by contacting Support.
"Medication assisted treatment with naltrexone, the Sinclair Method, appears to be the most effective treatment for alcohol use disorder at this time."
Clifford Fields, D.O., Emergency and Addiction Medicine.
GAIN CONTROL OVER DRINKING
$239 / MONTH
$189 / MONTH
Sinikka Green, MD
Dr. Green oversees Alcure clients and specializes in Emergency Medicine where she has treated persons experiencing some of the more severe effects of alcohol use disorder. Dr. Green earned her medical degree in 2002 at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an Emergency Medicine Physician in Texas and has held the position of Facility Medical Director at an Austin-based emergency room medical center. Dr. Green is licensed in multiple states.
Gretel Espina, PA
Ms. Espina treats Alcure clients in California. She is a nationally certified Physician Associate. During her PA career she has worked in several medical specialties including: Interventional Radiology, Aesthetic Medicine, Concierge Medicine and Urgent Care. Gretel earned her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Sciences in 2012 at Rutgers University in New Jersey. As a PA in a large medical center in Los Angeles, she has treated patients with severe medical manifestations of alcohol use disorder.
Clifford Fields, DO
Dr. Fields treats Alcure clients primarily on the East Coast. He is board-eligible in Addiction Medicine and board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. He currently practices Emergency Medicine and Addiction medicine. His main focus is the treatment of people with opiate and alcohol use disorders. Dr. Fields earned his medical degree in 1985 at the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He also served as a General Medical Officer and Squadron Medical Officer with the U.S. Navy. Dr. Fields is licensed in multiple states.
Sarah Novia, Alcure co-founder, Counselor, MS, EdS, LPCC, BC-TMH
Sarah is a Los Angeles-based Licensed Professional Counselor with expertise in treating clients facing a variety of challenges including alcohol use disorder and other addictions. She provides therapy services to Alcure clients in California.
Jim Kamanski, Alcure co-founder, JD
Jim is a Los Angeles-based attorney with a practice background requiring extensive knowledge of medicine, and has worked with hundreds of health care providers as consultants and expert witnesses.
Verified by the C Three Foundation, the leading nonprofit promoting the Sinclair Method worldwide
What's it like to drink on the medication
Reports vary but most won't notice much of a difference when drinking with naltrexone in their system.
Do I have to abstain from drinking for a period first
No, you begin treatment right away.
Once I get my stuff under control do I have to keep taking the medication
Only when you drink. By always following the dosing protocol relapse is avoided.
Do I have to request refills of the medication
Yes, reach out to your Alcure provider when you're down to about 10 days' worth of naltrexone to provide lead time. Sometimes your provider may provide refills with your initial or subsequent prescriptions depending upon your situation. Always reach out well in advance before you're completely out, though.
What happens when I only need a maintenance supply of the medication
When to switch to maintenance use is a decision for you and your Alcure medical provider but generally the transition happens within nine months and after controlled drinking is reached within about 4-6 months. Maintenance use involves periodic reassessment by your Alcure medical provider before receiving a new e-prescription and will vary with each patient. Once you reach maintenance, you may pause recurring payments and schedule one-time payment visits with your Alcure provider as-needed. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org to pause your account, and then again in the future as-needed to set up your occasional one-time medical provider visits.
Am I locked into a subscription
Can I get reimbursed from my medical insurance
In most cases yes. We provide you a "superbill" each month if you elect to use insurance. A superbill is a detailed receipt identifying the billing codes used by insurance companies to process payments for the type of treatment we provide. We cannot guarantee reimbursement and you may wish to consult your insurance company first for eligibility. Ask us for an example superbill to run by your insurance company in advance.
Can I get reimbursed from my employer
Many employers have an Employee Assistance Program that will provide employees facing alcohol use disorder with treatment at no cost. And, in many states, depending on the size of your company, employers are legally bound to offer treatment for alcohol use disorder if an employee requests it. If you are employed and experiencing an excess drinking issue, tell your employer that you're interested in the Alcure program and ask your employer about how its Employee Assistance Program can be used to cover the cost of our program.
Will anyone find out about my program enrollment or use of naltrexone, such as an insurance company
Alcure doesn't report any patient's enrollment to anyone unless requested to by the patient or if legally required. On occasion the pharmacy filling a prescription from one of our providers for naltrexone may report the prescription to one or more central computer databases, though, and unfortunately that's not something over which we have control. It doesn't usually happen, but if you have any concerns we recommend you contact the pharmacy you plan to use in advance and ask the pharmacist in charge whether it would report a prescription for naltrexone.
What if I have a surgery or procedure coming up and I'm taking the medication
Often a doctor performing a surgery or procedure will anticipate using an opioid-based pain medication to alleviate any pain associated with the surgery or procedure. Opioid-based medications will not work if you have naltrexone in your system.
Your doctor may recommend avoiding naltrexone for three days before the surgery or procedure, with the expectation the naltrexone will be eliminated from your system by the third day and the doctor will then feel comfortable using an opioid-based medication if he or she elects to do so.
Patients facing surgeries or procedures should advise their doctor of the last time naltrexone was taken, as that can influence the choice of opioid-based pain medication the doctor may use.
Be sure to advise your doctor well in advance of your naltrexone use so he or she can be equipped with all relevant information to best manage any pain safely as it pertains to your specific health history and the surgery or procedure you're facing.
Are there side effects to the medication
The vast majority of patients will not experience any side effects from the medication, some will experience mild to moderate side effects that usually go away after a short period, and a few will experience more adverse side effects. Our providers assist each patient as-needed with a number strategies to lessen or eliminate side effects should they occur, including the use of simple OTC remedies and in some cases prescribing other medications.
How is my information kept secure
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