Currently serving California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Texas.
What's the success rate? What's considered success?
Alcure exceeds the original Sinclair Method success rate of 78% with its unique support. We focus exclusively on the Sinclair Method so we can optimize patient outcomes. It's why our patients consistently send us their success stories. Just read our testimonials.
Most patients see a substantial reduction in the volume and frequency of drinking within a few months.
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?
It's easy. You'll have unlimited access to your Alcure physician via email and video chat along with over 10 hours of curated videos covering precision medication dosing strategies, which is key to success, and addressing secondary causes of excess drinking.
We also provide free, one-to-one email coaching whenever you need it.
We achieve exceptional client outcomes by combining our videos with full physician and coaching support. That allows us to iterate the process to fit your particular needs and response to the medication, and get you to extinction in the fastest time possible.
Therapy support if requested
Many clients with excess drinking challenges will have coexisting personal issues that are best addressed by a licensed therapist. 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.
At this time we are offering remote therapist referral in California, Connecticut and Montana only. Therapy support is charged separately.
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") 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 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.
What's it like to drink on the medication?
Reports vary among patients but most won't notice much of a difference when drinking with the medication in their system.
Do I have to abstain for a period?
No. You begin right away.
How do I get my medication?
If you elect Plan One, you'll pickup and pay for the medication at your local pharmacy. We'll help you get the lowest price available or you may use insurance which can be even less.
If you elect Plan Two, we handle medication fulfillment and shipping for you through a third-party pharmacy in Northern California.
We do not partner with, or obtain medication from, any foreign-based suppliers. We are also not a pharmacy, supplier, or re-seller of medication.
How is the medication delivered if I'm on Plan Two?
Via Priority Mail Express, the fastest USPS shipping available. Delivery usually takes three business-days or less.
Is the medication habit forming or does it have side effects?
The medication 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 is not included in the monthly plan.
A very small group of clients will experience more adverse side effects and may not be able to tolerate the medication.
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 medication to provide lead time.
Medication is not auto-filled (Plan One) nor auto-shipped (Plan Two) monthly. All refills must be requested through your Alcure physician.
How does the Sinclair Method compare to self-restraint models?
Sometimes called the 12-step models, these rely upon self-restraint alone and focus exclusively on sobriety. They don't enlist the aide of a medication to to temporarily disrupt the biological reinforcement causing excess drinking. 12-step programs were established when modern medicine was in its infancy.
Over 80% of alcure.me client applicants report prior failed success with these models.
How do you process medical insurance?
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 all insurance companies to process payments for the type of treatment we provide.
Clients submit superbills to their insurance company for full or partial reimbursement. 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.
For clients electing Plan One, the cost of the medication is often covered by medical insurance and applied right at the pharmacy.
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 the medication and can "hop off" our platform until it's time for a refill. That's done by requesting to pause recurring payments. When to switch to maintenance use is a decision for you and your Alcure doctor.
When the time comes to replenish your supply of the maintenance medication, you'll simply contact support, advise you are a returning client, and we'll set you up with another video chat with your physician for an updated assessment and refill.
The charge is still the same monthly price, but it becomes a one-time charge. In effect, you "hop off" our platform again until it's time for another refill down the road.
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.