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Old 12-01-2008, 05:49 PM
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Ten days ago I received my first Vivitrol (naltrexone) injection that is good for a month. (The injection was painless and did not leave a knot, as some have experienced.) I would have preferred the pills but my Dr. likes Vivitrol so that people will stick with it. I also suspect he gets some kind of kickback since it is a new, expensive drug and this Dr. is big into clinical trial, etc.? I am doing the Sinclair method, and if things are still going well after three months or so I will ask again for pills so that I can selectively take the pills on drinking days. Right now I am drinking every day.
I was worried that I would experience withdrawal symptoms after the injection since I was not AF free for any days before receiving the injection. I was pleasantly surprised that my only symptoms were a little dizziness and fogginess the first two days. I have not experienced any symptoms since. It is such a thrill to be able to take or leave alcohol much of the time. I do not have the intense cravings I used to have. I drink at my usual times (since I am doing Sinclair and it is necessary to retrain my neural pathways). I am usually satisfied with two or three drinks - MUCH less than before - and I find myself leaving some drinks unfinished - previously unheard of!
Another welcome surprise is that I still experience the "warm" feeling I get from drinking alcohol. It is still soothing to a degree but I no longer get the buzz in my head. I hope the effects I am getting now will sustain themselves. If they do, I am very optimistic about the future!
Kimmy- that is fantastic. Please continue to post and let us know how you progress
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Old 12-06-2008, 08:11 PM
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Hi Marbella,
It's been almost a month and things are still going well. I still drink but have not gotten drunk ever since my Vivitrol injection. I still feel some comfort from alcohol but no buzz in my head. I had normally been drinking in the afternoon and then later at night before bed and have all but eliminated the before bed drinking. I hope during the next month I will cut down more.
For those who cannot get their GP to prescribe Naltrexone/Vivitrol, I suggest going to a psychiatrist who has specialties in addiction psychaitry and/or psychopharmocology. My insurance is paying with no problem and no therapy/group meetings are necessary.
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I would love to hear from Benedict and see how he is doing...
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Hello, Everyone.

I have my Naltrexone pills in hand as well as Campral. (Psyche also added Lamictal for bipolar treatment.)

Between that and the Gabapentin and Verapamil for my other problem, I am a walking chemistry experiement.

I started the Campral a couple of days ago and will start the Naltrexone today. (She said it doesn't matter when I take the pill but I figure mentally, if I take it in the afternoon it will be a reminder not to drink.

In my case, I am trying to stay AF. However, her point is, if I don't, the Naltrexone should help. So I am going to attack it that way.

I sure hope my poor liver can handle all these drugs I am taking.

It is probably better than the vodka or wine I can throw back with impunity.

I hope Benedikt and Kimmy continue to post and keep everyone up-to-date on how it is going with them, too.

As I pack for my trip, between the meds and the supplements, I might have some space for my clothing.

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Oh Cinders you poor love- I do feel for you.

Like you I have tried just about every med and don't react well to any off them. At least if you drink on the Naltrexone you know you won't end up a blubbering idiot, and after a few drinks you won't want anymore hopefully- I know you tried it before but I think you were trying NOT to drink on it?
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I have been on Naltrexone since Oct 6th and I am frustrated that it is not doing enough. It is expensive and I am wondering why I am not getting the results I think I would happen. I am using it the way the Sinclair method recomends and It is driving me crazy. Any suggestions. Just want to get on with my life. P
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:28 AM
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Kimmy, what do you mean you are not getting the "buzz" from the alcohol? do you mean a good feeling?
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Old 12-10-2008, 10:41 AM
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Here in Florida they have 2 (i think, maybe more?) out patient Sinclair Clinics. One in Sarasota and one in Miami.I heard the cost is $3500.. per year and includes all meds. and counseling. My great Uncle did it last year and He is doing GREAT.They offer a $250.. package to give to your own Dr. that is a treatment plan for him to follow.It sounds Cheap to me since there is no DETOX involved.
I got Naltrexone and campral from Riverpharmacy and in combination work wonders for me. The 3 slips that I have had were STOPPED in days with a daily doses of them both. My cravings were gone in a day or two and no hangover at all.
I don't take either now, unless i am in a Stressed mood.Then Antabuse will make sure that I can't drink.
They have some great Utubes about Sinclair method and the research that is being done...
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I have been on Naltrexone since Oct 6th and I am frustrated that it is not doing enough. It is expensive and I am wondering why I am not getting the results I think I would happen. I am using it the way the Sinclair method recomends and It is driving me crazy. Any suggestions. Just want to get on with my life. P
Potato- could you be a little more specific? I am not sure what you mean by not getting the results you expected- please tell us more and maybe we can give you some input.
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Kimmy, what do you mean you are not getting the "buzz" from the alcohol? do you mean a good feeling?
Me, the naltrexone blocks the 'feel good' receptors in our brains. So although you can take a drink, the buzz (warm feeling, feel like being friendly to everyone) is not there.

Therefore many people are able to 'cure' (sorry can't think of a better word) their drinking by carrying on as usual, but it not being pleasurable anymore. Gradually the habit just drops away. It didn't work for me because I did not have the back up of of a doctor, and I was worried about side effects- but Kimmy123 offers good advice there a few posts back.

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