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 three 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.
What's the difference between the three plans of treatment?
Plan 1. Medical studies show the Sinclair Method can be done autonomously. This is the least expensive option and involves physician monitoring only.
Other studies show results are boosted with support. Support consists of therapist-level support or coaching.
Plan 2. Therapist-level support is the gold standard. Therapists possess at least a master's degree in mental health, hundreds of hours of formal clinical counseling experience and are regulated through a state licensing board.
Therapy is both proactive, where existing client strategies are improved upon, and also from a healing standpoint when clients are facing greater difficulties. Either form of therapy, whether proactive or healing, plays a role in treating Alcohol Use Disorder.
Therapist-level support will accelerate the extinction process and set clients up for long-term success by working with clients on broader issues that motivate drinking and aggravate Alcohol Use Disorder.
Plan 3. Coaching helps clients in the process of autonomous treatment. Coaches are are well-versed in Alcohol Use Disorder, the Sinclair Method and helpful strategies for completing treatment.
IMPORTANT: Coaching is not therapy. Only a therapist is qualified to diagnose and work with personal issues that coexist with Alcohol Use Disorder, and all coaches should provide this disclaimer upfront.
Also, some clinics advertise support with "certified recovery coaches" or "registered recovery coaches." These persons should not be confused with state licensed therapists.
The coaching industry is unregulated and "certification" or "registration" is a title given by private companies that offer coaching courses (48 hour online courses are common) for a fee. California's Board of Behavioral Sciences does not regulate or license "certified" or "registered" coaches.
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 therapy sessions?
Definitely. You may need or want additional therapy sessions. These are offered in 20-minute and 50-minute 1-1 sessions charged separately.
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 or Android phone, 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 from your device's app store for video chat sessions. Once installed, it will deploy automatically when using our service.
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.