FAQ

Plan 1

129 / month

Plan 2

199 / month includes coaching

Now available in California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey,

Maryland, D.C., Florida and Georgia

When is pharmaceutical extinction considered a success?

When the impulse to drink is brought under control and drinking stays within safe levels. In the United States, safe levels are 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men (2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans).

What's the success rate?

78% of patients will restore control over their drinking within approximately 4-6 months and this success rate accounts for one-in-ten patients who do not comply with the medication dosing protocol. Accordingly, with full compliance by every patient in any group of 100 patients, nearly 90% of the group will restore control over drinking.

How does pricing and payment work?

Choose from one of two plans that best fits your needs and budget.

Switch between plans when you want if you decide later another one is better for you.

Pay month-to-month. Cancel any time and you are only responsible for the month in which you cancel.

Pay with any major credit or debit card, or an employer Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA) card.

If you have medical insurance we'll help you get reimbursed.

If you would like therapist-level support please email us at support@alcure.me for more details including pricing.

How do I cancel or switch plans?

Email us at support@alcure.me. Support is managed 9-5 Pacific Time 7 days a week.

We respond to all support inquiries promptly during business hours.

What's the difference between the two plans of treatment?

First, both plans include physician assessment, prescribing and monitoring, with all medication needed to complete treatment covered and delivered directly to you.

Plan 1. Medical studies show the Sinclair Method can be done autonomously. This is the least expensive option and involves physician assessment, prescribing, and monitoring only.

Other studies show results are boosted with support. Support consists of coaching or therapist-level support.

Plan 2. Coaching support produces better short-term and long-term results by assisting clients with nuances in treatment unique to the Sinclair Method. Coaching will also accelerate extinction and assist clients in better managing their alcohol use during and after treatment.

Therapist-level support

We also offer therapist-level support priced separately. Many clients with Alcohol Use Disorder will have coexisting personal issues that are best addressed by a licensed therapist. Therapists possess at least a master's degree in mental health and thousands of hours of formal clinical experience dealing with a wide variety of personal issues many people experience while also facing an excess drinking problem. Both personal issues and excess drinking will aggravate one another.

Therapy is proactive, where existing client strategies are improved upon, and healing when clients are facing greater difficulties. All forms of therapy are solution-focused. If you would like therapist-level support please email us at support@alcure.me for more details including pricing.

IMPORTANT: Coaching is not therapy. Only a state licensed psychotherapist is qualified to diagnose and work with personal issues that coexist with Alcohol Use Disorder and titles such as "certified recovery coach" or "registered recovery coach" should not be confused with a state licensed psychotherapist unless the person also holds a psychotherapist license.

What's it like to drink on the medication?

When you drink on the medication, you usually won't notice much of a difference in the overall drinking experience. This is because alcohol also acts on other parts of the brain to cause a sense of relaxation that the medication doesn't affect. When you drink on an opioid-blocker you get nearly the same experience except you leave the endorphins behind, but you won't miss them.

Is the medication addictive or does it have side effects?

The medication is not addictive whatsoever. The side effects if any are minimal and usually go away quickly.

Do I have to "detox" before drinking?

Nope. You begin treatment right away. Consistent, targeted dosing of the medication is simply woven into your drinking pattern and at that point the process of gradual extinction begins.

Once I get my stuff under control, do I have to keep taking the medication?

Only when you drink. The medication is dosed "as-needed" 1-2 hours before you drink. By always following that dosing protocol relapse is avoided. Relapse is common with all other treatment methods. That's why many patients find themselves back in some form of treatment after believing an excess drinking problem is behind them. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 90% of people with Alcohol Use Disorder will relapse within four years after completing conventional treatment.

Do you offer special coaching sessions?

Definitely. You may need or want additional coaching sessions.

Additional coaching sessions are offered in 20-minute and 50-minute 1-1 sessions charged separately.

Just email us at support@alcure.me for more details including pricing.

Are there any other charges?

Rarely, and if there are we'll tell you about them in advance. These include things like special lab testing which is sometimes needed while using the medication or extra video chat doctor visits needed to monitor treatment more closely.

What kind of technology will I need?

A high-speed internet connection, webcam and microphone. Almost all clients prefer accessing our service through a mobile device, such as an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet--all of which come equipped with a camera and microphone.

Alcure is a Google powered digital health platform to ensure the highest quality in performance with robust data security for your privacy.

Start by downloading Hangouts Meet (not to be confused with just "Hangouts" or "Google Duo") from your device's app store for video chat sessions. Once installed, it will deploy automatically when using our service. Hangouts and Duo are not encrypted for your privacy.

For text messaging support, download Hangouts Chat from your device's app store.

For desktop or laptop access to video chat, download and use the Google Chrome browser to access your email account and and link to video chat sessions. Chrome is a free browser and takes a few seconds to download. If you don't already have Chrome, just type "Chrome" into any other internet browser and follow the easy-to-install instructions.

If you'll be using a traditional desktop computer make sure you have a webcam (most of which are also equipped with a microphone).

If you'll be using a laptop, most are already equipped with a camera and microphone at the top of the screen.

And if I have any other questions?

Email us at support@alcure.me. Support is managed 9-5 Pacific Time 7 days a week.

We respond to all support inquiries promptly during business hours.