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I'm really busy reading all I can all over here and the internet in general, about The Sinclair Method, Naltrexone and Nalmefene but as I took my first tablet last night, I thought I'd start my own thread about it too!
Female, 40 years old, "functioning" alcoholic as in I work part time, I have a husband, children, own a house, am an active member of the community where I live. I drink at home, evenings only but from 1 to 2 bottles of wine a night, every night.
In August last year I realised my units had crept up from 60-80 per week to a record high of 135 (I log the next morning on drink aware ap). I went to my GP and requested help, he told me not to stop drinking suddenly as I could be at risk of seizure, he referred me to Addaction. I met with them and told them my drinking felt out of control, the levels were crazily high and I was drinking on work days with no regard for what was happening the next day. She was brilliant, everyone was, so non-judgemental and kind. We set a date for a home and dry detox which I did in September. Took tapering does of librium for 7 days and then went onto acamprasate. Stayed sober for 7 weeks. Felt great, mornings were lovely, sleep was fantastic, sober days out with no headache or fog was brilliant but I felt like I was really missing out. I went to some support groups and people there were in different stages of alcoholic / moderating / absteining / cutting down / on serious drugs etc... Whole range of people and problems.
I started questioning "was I that bad?" "why can't I just drink moderately?" "What's wrong with me?" Anyway, long story short I started drinking again, first just at weekends, bottle of wine, then some days a bottle a night, some days off, eventually back up to a bottle a night, every night but not as high as before. All this time I'm still talking to addaction and being totally honest about my situation and spending all day googling alcoholic forums trying to figure out what to do. AA was at the back of my mind as my last resort because I have tried it a few years ago and found it to be a bit cult like. Its like "yes it can save you but it kind of takes over your life aswell".
When I stumbled across The Sinclair Method, C3 Europe, naltrexone and nalmefene I thought it was a joke. I'm still not 100% convinced it can really work, it sounded too good to be true.
Anyway, I picked them up yesterday and took my first pill at 5.10pm last night. I felt quite spaced out, it was almost like the feeling of coming up on a pill/trip from when I was a teenager! I was sat chatting to my children and helping them with their homework but I was feeling a bit "odd". Put them to bed and had some red wine about 7.00pm. First couple of glasses went down as quick as normal but then I slowed down. It was strange, I had the bottle next to me but I wasn't getting through it as quick as normal. I wasn't racing to get the 2nd bottle out, ready to swap it over. I felt really glad that I had an instant effect off it. I decided to drink as much as I wanted to so probably did a bottle and 2 glasses but almost had to force myself to finish the last glass before going to bed (stupid I know).
Woke up at 2am, went to the toilet which isn't that unusal anyway. But this morning felt a little "removed" from myself. Didn't want to eat anything. Ended up having a banana at 10am and now I feel OK. I'm going to take another pill tonight but drink a smaller amount (if I can control it).
I'll update later, would love to hear from anyone in a similar situation.
Sorry for essay length of post!
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