Some centers in Illinois that provide inpatient rehab have endorsed the use of the Sinclair Method. In this system, direct abstinence is not the goal but rather it employs medication together with continuous drinking of alcohol. The centers practicing this system, hope that the medication will cause the effects of alcohol to be negated, reversed, and made extinct. The ultimate goal is that a patient will eventually be discouraged from alcohol consumption as he realizes that it has no effect on him or her.
The Sinclair Method was developed by Dr. John Sinclair. There are two steps recommended for treatment using this method. The first one is where a patient uses naltrexone, which is one of the most frequently, used drugs. This drug acts as an endorphin blocker and is administered before commencing the second step, which involves the patient imbibing alcohol. There are other drugs recommended for future use though not currently readily available.
This method has proven to be reliable in helping people with alcoholism to overcome this habit and achieve complete abstinence. Others have shown a tendency to continue using the drugs they had been introduced to prior to alcohol consumption. Though they may not achieve total abstinence, they have exhibited a tendency of not relapsing to their former levels of alcoholism and therefore achieve their goals.
The Sinclair Method has proven to be popular with an increasing number of people seeking an inpatient alcohol abuse rehab. However, the fact that there still lacks enough studies conducted on the method means that not many rehab centers, especially those offering inpatient services, are willing to fully embrace, implement, and recommend it to their patients. Therefore, it is perceived that more time is required for it to gain widespread acceptance.
Patients undergoing inpatient rehab who exhibit acute withdrawal symptoms are given sodium oxybate to alleviate this problem. This drug also helps those who are in need of detoxification. Its effects are that it enhances the continued transmission of GABA while reducing the high levels of glutamate. This important role played by sodium oxybate means that more treatment centers recommend its use.
Any time an individual is taken through inpatient treatment; most people tend to think that this means he or she must be taken through detoxification. However, this is not always the case as most physicians prefer to look through an individual’s medical history, alcohol treatment history, alcohol addiction history, and his or her age before determining whether he qualifies for treatment or not. This has seen a high percentage of those seeking treatment not going through detoxification.
Inpatient treatment, though expensive when fees are charged, can also be obtained at drastically reduced rates. Furthermore, there are numerous centers which provide these services for free. Such centers are mostly operated by the government or by private organizations not interested in making a profit.