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I posted on this site 2 months ago to describe my early experience with Namefene / Selincro. I'd read up a lot on the Sinclair method and was really hopeful that it would help, given all the evidence out there.
Now, two months on I'm getting worried that it's not working for me. I have religiously taken the tablet one to two hours before drinking and have not taken any medication on non-drinking days (not that there has been many of those) as per the golden rule.
But the frequency or amount I drink hasn't decreased at all. My drinking actually seems to have increased since taking Nalmefene... strangely the desire is just as strong even though I do gain less pleasure from alcohol when on the meds.
I suppose one factor is, prior to starting Nalmefene, I was probably working harder using willpower alone. Now following the Sinclair method, I am not applying as much willpower, on the basis of letting the medication do the work and create a long term, sustainable situation, rather than using brute will and then rebounding. If I have to use as much will as before starting the use of the medication to control my drinking, then it seems like the medication isn't doing much for me. I didn't expect to be in a position to take or leave alchol at this point, but I did think I'd be somewhere down that extinction curve.
I just wanted to know if anyone else has been using Nalmefene or Naltrexone for 2 months plus and not getting any results at that stage? Or if anyone knows whether this is common? I desperately hope I'm not in that 10% it doesn't work for.
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