I’m one week in to taking 50mg of Naltrexone daily. Had some side effects but doing OK. I haven’t really read up on the Sinclair Method or this board’s resources but will do so. I’m a twenty year daily drinker who is functional but recognizes the inevitable place I’ll reach if I don’t confront this thing head on at some point. I discussed with my doc at a routine appointment, he gave me a script and here I am.
I still drink a lot, though not as much, and I don’t get classically drunk, but the alcohol still gets me tired and loopy and I still like it.
I won’t ask for advice and for you all to re-post Sinclair Method 101 for the thousandth time but would like to say “hello” and hope this works well for me.
Hey basil I'm about a week in too. I still drink plenty and still like how it makes me feel. But I'm also drinking less. Let's try to not get discouraged and trust the process. I certainly feel the reward center of my brain losing traction even this early. In fact, my most recent drink made me feel icky, and I don't think I'll have another tonight. That's unheard of for me. Keep up the great job and reach out if there's anything we can do to help!
Post by letitgotoolong on Feb 2, 2019 22:28:51 GMT -5
Right there with you. Functional alcoholic, in my case for close to 30 years. Live to drink, but maintain an amazing life on the side. I figure after close to 30 years riding this horse it is time to look at retirement from the sauce, my liver could certainly use a break. On the nal, I feel like I am driven by habit to drink, whereas before nal I would feel electrified and motivated to drink to pass out nightly. I can see how TSM could work and hold out hope for all of us newbies that it does for us.
You will likely find that drinking levels jump up and down on TSM, so hang on for the ride! The addicted part of your brain will wax and wane in it's influence over how much you drink and the biggest swing is generally at the beginning, but the variation in levels continues throughout TSM.
Are you taking the pill an hour before your first drink, or do you take it at a set time every day?
Here's a link to a free PDF of The Cure for Alcoholism if you don't have a copy already:
Welcome basil and the others who have recently joined the forum. Great to hear from you! I agree with joesixpack, you will find the drinking levels will go up and down, but DON'T get discouraged and don't give up. I'm in week 15 myself and starting to feel improvements. It can take a while. Stay active on this board, is my advice. It really helps you build your knowledge base and puts you in contact with a big group of us who are all going through the same things. I think 100% compliance is the name of the game, which means NEVER drinking without taking your pill and NEVER drinking before the hour has elapsed after taking it.
Post by runawaytrain on Feb 7, 2019 17:05:44 GMT -5
Welcome to the family basil! As you can see, we are all very supportive and non-judgmental. As joesixpack and pauline mentioned, there are ups and downs, but don't get discouraged. I have been a daily drinker for 10 years (I'm 28) and the first few weeks were really rough, I was still enduring daily withdrawals and I couldn't cut down my drinking, but then I switched to beer and I'm in Week 10 and experienced my first AF day yesterday! So there is definitely hope for us daily drinkers! Best of luck to you!
Looking forward to a future worth remembering! I believe in you too!
Post by letitgotoolong on Feb 11, 2019 2:01:09 GMT -5
So tomorrow is 2 weeks on the nal. I feel the continued lack of desire but keep drinking 7 or 8 drinks nightly out of habit. I put the girls to bed and drink, it is what I do, because it is what I have always done. After 2 drinks nightly I feel like I'd rather not have any more, but after 4, I definitely want another 4. Hangovers on nal are brutal, impeding my ability to function like never before. Haven't really been working on the mindful drinking thing, maybe now is the time to do so and try to stop after 2, when my brain is not really looking forward to another.
I'm totally with you letitgotoolong I feel those moments/drink where I go "ick, that's enough." And then I'm still taking another drink an hour later. Im trying to believe that some day I'll be able to recognize that it is enough and stop, but it's still early. Keep up the hope!
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