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 Post subject: New and confused
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:10 pm 
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I am new to TSM and have been on Nal 50mg for almost three weeks. The first week I found I was drinking less but I did not have any days that I didn't drink. For the last week, I am feeling very depressed because my drinking has increased. I drink slower but still have about 4 or 5 glasses of wine a night. Tonight I upped my dose to 75mgs and I am now on my forth glass of wine.

Is this typical? I've been drinking most of my adult life (I'm 62) and I have family history of alcoholism. My goal is to have one day, then two days, then three days without drinking. I would like to drink only on weekends and/or special occasions.

I have a lot of hope that this method will work for me.


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 Post subject: Re: New and confused
PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:26 pm 
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Hi Dykat! Welcome to the forum!

It's pretty normal to have an initial drop, then a rebound. That repeats over and over though TSM, but it's generally most pronounced at the beginning. It's known as the "Honeymoon". See this page under the heading "What Should You Expect to Happen?"

https://www.the-sinclair-method.com/the ... -drinking/

So at least 3-4 months is fairly accurate, but I find that most people take 6-12 months.

Are you logging your drinks? If you need a good log/graph package, this spreadsheet works well:

http://optionssavelives.freeforums.net/ ... graph-tool

You'll probably find that TSM is very up and down especially on a daily or weekly basis, but you'll see an improvement month over month. If you feel on the fence about the next drink, err to the dry side and leave that drink in the bottle. Your brain is telling you it's had enough for the night and really isn't that interested in another drink, that's an important message to act upon. Carpe "Meh", as it were.


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 Post subject: Re: New and confused
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:10 pm 
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Well it been 4 months now. I've had ups and downs with my drinking. I guess I was hoping I would be like Claudia and immediately stop drinking - no such luck! I find there are days that I mindlessly drink and once I start it's hard to stop. I was reading the forum and see that your need to listen to your brains signals. I didn't and some times would pour myself another glass of wine even though I almost had to choke it down (what gives??). So after the holidays I tried to enter the new year AF. That didn't work but I am drinking less and drinking a non-non-alcholic drink between drinks. That's helped me reach a 2 drink a night goal. I'm still working on AF days.

Here's my question?
I went to Mexico last week with my girlfriends and forgot my Nal. I did drink but was amazed that I really didn't drink that much in such a party atmosphere. When I got home, I took my Nal (75mg) and within an hour I started throwing up. That was on Monday and I have been nauseated (todays the first day I'm not) and haven't drank or taking Nal since. Is there a process to re-start the program?


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 Post subject: Re: New and confused
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:17 pm 
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That's a pretty unusual reaction to have after only a week off Nal. You might want to start up more slowly with just half a tab. Hopefully the nausea isn't some bug you picked up...


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 Post subject: Re: New and confused
PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:12 pm 
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I'm now thinking the two were not related and I may have had a stomach flu. Thanks for the reply.


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 Post subject: Re: New and confused
PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:11 am 
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Arrgh! Hang in there, Dykat!


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