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I've been on these forums for the past few weeks just keeping up to date with other people's experience of using The Sinclair Method of cutting down alcohol consumption.
I initially had no faith in my GP being open to a discussion of this method and was going to try and obtain the drug Selincro (Nalmefene) myself; but I thought I would give it a go with the doc anyway. I was pleasantly surprised he was open to looking into it despite knowing nothing about it. He went away and looked into the NICE guidelines on it. He said it was recommended to be used with some sort of counselling so he referred me to the in-house alcohol counseller. It was a little more surprising that although the in house counsellor had heard of Selincro he had never heard of the sinclair method. He told me his boss had recently stated that patients should abstain from alcohol for a couple of days before starting Selincro. He said it was an anti craving drug and that was how it was to be used. I don't know if abstaining for a couple of days before the Selincro has an effect but at least he didn't say you have to abstain altogether.
It does amaze me though that as someone who drinks too much alcohol I managed to find out about Selincro and order and read a book on The Sinclair Method all within a few days and yet someone who's sole job it is to help people with alcohol issues had never heard of it and didn't know how Selincro is supposed to be used.
He was more interested in pushing me towards AA or non 12 step groups first. I stayed strong and told him I didn't feel these groups would work for me and told him my GP had already said he would give the Selincro a go with me so he agreed it was a good idea to give it a try.
And so finally I obtained the pills today!
I currently take Co-codamol daily for lower back pain so I have to spend the next couple of weeks weening myself off them then stay clear of them. However after 7 to 10 days off Co-codamol I will begin using the Sinclair Method and the Selincro pilss.
I just wanted to let others who have come across Selincro online and are considering giving it a try that it is definitely worth giving your doctor a chance to help you with it first.
I will report back once I have started the Selincro to let you know about by experience with side effects and with its effects on my alcohol consumption.
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