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What's the success rate? What's considered success?
Officially 78%. Higher with strict adherence to the method. That's why we focus on proper method execution in our accelerator videos.
Success is reached 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).
How does the Alcure platform work?
You'll start with an initial comprehensive medical assessment via video chat following completion of our medical questionnaire. You'll also have unlimited access to your Alcure physician via email and video chat along as you progress through the program with over 10 hours of curated accelerator videos covering precision medication dosing strategies, which is key to success, and coaching to overcome the main external causes of excess drinking.
We also provide email coaching support whenever you need it to supplement our video content.
Alcure partners with Lion Rock Online Counseling, one of the leading video chat therapy providers in the country to fulfill your counseling needs as-needed. Therapy support is charged separately.
Are there any long-term obligations?
How is my information kept secure?
Alcure is powered by Google Cloud and uses its data systems designed for Medical Practices. All your information is electronically encrypted to regulatory standards under HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
What kind of technology will I need?
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 high-speed internet, a camera and microphone. You can also use a desktop or laptop computer.
Start by downloading Hangouts Meet (not to be confused with just "Hangouts") from your device's app store for video chat sessions. Once installed, it will deploy automatically when using our service. Hangouts is not encrypted for your privacy.
For desktop or laptop, use the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge or Firefox browser to access your email account and video chat links we send you. If you'll be using a traditional desktop computer make sure you have a webcam (most of which are also equipped with a microphone).
What medication is used?
We e-prescribe naltrexone, but differently than the way your web research may explain it's used. We prescribe it for targeted dosing, meaning it's paired with drinking episodes and avoided at all other times, to produce what medical science calls extinction. That core model is sometimes called the Sinclair Method, which you can read about on our blog page here.
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.
Is the medication habit forming or does it have side effects?
No. Naltrexone is a non-controlled FDA approved medication and is not habit forming.
The side effects, if any, are usually minimal and go away quickly. Side effects are mitigated with other safe, prescription or OTC medications. Other medication prescribed or recommended are separately priced.
A very small group of clients will experience more adverse side effects and may not be able to tolerate naltrexone.
Do I have to request refills of the medication?
Yes. Reach out to your Alcure physician when you're down to about 10 days' worth of naltrexone to provide lead time.
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.
What happens when I only need a maintenance supply of the medication after finishing the program?
Clients that have completed the program will switch to maintenance use of naltrexone. When to switch to maintenance use is a decision for you and your Alcure physician.
Reach out to us about our maintenance plan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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 naltrexone.
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.