Is TSM Too Good To Be True?

“Let me get this straight… you’re actually encouraging an alcoholic to drink?!”

In a word, yes.

I know, I know, it sounds bizarre and it’s certainly contrary to everything most of us have ever heard about gaining control over excessive drinking, but when it comes to The Sinclair Method (TSM), that’s exactly what we’re doing, because that’s how you achieve the phenomenon that lies at the heart of TSM – pharmacological extinction.  You take a tablet and then, one hour later, you have a drink.  Every time you drink.  And slowly but surely, your brain and your body stop craving the alcohol.  You get control over your drinking, whether, for you, that means “normal” drinking levels or total abstinence.  You get your life back.

We’ve all heard the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.  But when it comes to The Sinclair Method, the key word in that sentence is “probably”.  Because incredible as it sounds, but as shown in numerous clinical trials and by the personal experience of large numbers of people worldwide, TSM actually works for almost 80% of the people who try it.  If you’re reading this because a friend or loved one has a problem with alcohol, I’d guess you’re feeling pretty desperate right now.  You may have seen them try and ”just stop” drinking, go to one AA meeting after another, try hypnosis or vitamin shots, or even go through rehab (probably more than once).  And nothing’s worked.  Oh, sure – they’ve stayed clean for a while, but sooner or later, they’ve fallen off the wagon.

And now you’re frantically hunting around for something – anything – that will help them.  But you’re also aware that there are a lot of scam merchants and some downright dodgy information out there, particularly online, and this just sounds so weird that you’re finding it hard to believe anything so counterintuitive could even be safe, let alone actually work.

We’re all conditioned to believe that the only way for a person with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) to get their life back is through total abstinence.  No more drinks.  Not one.  Not ever.  Think about it: what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear someone is trying to sort their problem drinking out?  AA, right?  Pretty much every book or magazine article you read and every film or TV programme you see where one of the characters has a drinking problem will involve that character going to AA, talking to their sponsor, fighting temptation and struggling to stay clean.  And probably – for dramatic effect – having ”just one drink”.  At which point everything goes disastrously wrong.  Sound familiar?

Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people out there for whom a 12-step programme or other ”traditional” type of treatment has worked.  And that’s great!  That’s wonderful!  Job done.  But what if it doesn’t?  What if, despite their best efforts, they can’t regain permanent control over their drinking?

That’s where TSM comes in.  You see, when AA and 12-step programmes began, back in the 1930s, there was no effective, reliable medical or pharmaceutical treatment for alcoholism.  But that’s 80 years ago and things have moved on a bit since then.

Elsewhere on this site and on our US C Three Foundation site, you’ll find details of the pioneering research work of Dr David Sinclair after whom TSM is named.  You’ll find details of the numerous clinical trials conducted, showing that it is effective.  And you’ll find medical endorsements and personal stories and testimonials by people who’ve used it successfully.

I’m not a doctor and you absolutely should discuss this, or any other form of treatment, with a qualified medical professional before starting it.  There may be valid medical reasons why you, or the person you love, cannot and should not do TSM, and only a doctor will be able to determine that.  But what you can do in the meanwhile is check out the information on this site, contact us to ask any questions you may have, then maybe print out some of the material to take to your doctor and see what he or she says.  Here are some relevant resources we’ve put together for those living within Europe, and those living outside of Europe, specifically for this purpose.

And here’s a great place to begin your research….. “One Little Pill” is the documentary the C Three Foundation has made explaining not only how this works, but more importantly WHY it works.

After all, you and your loved one have tried everything else.  What else have you got to lose?

— Moyra