What We Offer
Cravings for Alcohol
Standard treatments for alcohol addiction often involve an unpleasant medical detox, cost many thousands of dollars, and involve taking days or even weeks away from home or work. And after all of that, most people fail.
We have a better way. Our treatment is entirely outpatient, at home. The one-time cost is a fraction of the price tag of a residential rehab. And with 15 years of real-world use in Europe, our treatment approach has a 78% success rate.
How it all works
Our treatment coaches the patient through use of medication to block receptors in the brain that, when repeatedly stimulated by alcohol, lay down cravings to drink. Blocking those receptors leads to a gradual unlearning of the behavior. Cravings evaporate, and the patient is free to set their own goals, whether low-risk alcohol use or — the safest and healthiest option — total abstinence.
Treatment can begin immediately. There is no acute detox phase. Patients don’t need to be abstinent to begin the program.
The Sinclair Method
The Sinclair Method refers to using an opioid receptor blocker taken before drinking alcohol. Every time a patient takes in alcohol after the opioid blocker, without the brain receiving a pleasure stimulus, the brain loses more and more interest. Eventually, the cravings fade away. This is pharmacological extinction.
The ContrAl Protocol
The ContrAl Clinic, founded by Dr. Sinclair in the 1990s, uses his insights into opioid blockers to help patients unlearn their drinking habits. The ContrAl protocol uses Sinclair Method dosing, but also adds in sessions with doctors and therapists to coach patients through the process.
What if there
was a better way?
At ContrAl, we deliver a different kind of treatment than you are used to hearing about.
The treatment program normally lasts about 4 to 6 months, including 8 outpatient visits to our clinic — or by our clinicians to you in your home.
We will help you reach your goal, whether that is abstinence or low-risk alcohol intake.
Medication & counselling
The ContrAl protocol uses a combination of targeted opioid blockers, careful coaching and professional counselling.
Three quarters of those who undergo the program reach their goals.
Stay at work and home!
You can go about your usual affairs — the only change will be a smooth reduction in alcohol intake and cravings for alcohol.
Scientific, patented & proven
The ContrAl protocol is based on decades of scientific research, the patented Sinclair Method, and 15 years of success in clinical practice in Europe with thousands of patients.
In the Media
A new approach to alcohol addiction
The ContrAl protocol, based on Sinclair Method use of opioid blockers, is making headlines
“[Sinclair’s] method has been tried on thousands of patients in three [ContrAl Clinic] facilities he co-founded in Finland since the late 1990s, and has been shown to reduce drinking to normal levels in 78 percent of patients”
“Sinclair theorized that if you could stop the endorphins from reaching their target, the brain’s opiate receptors, you could gradually weaken the synapses, and the cravings would subside. … Sinclair began working with [ContrAl Clinic] clinicians in Finland. … Numerous clinical trials have confirmed that the method is effective …”
“Dozens of clinical trials prove that the Sinclair Method cures alcohol addiction. Success rates in clinics are 78 percent or higher. By contrast, current rehabilitation methods yield success rates of around 10-15 percent, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) …”
ContrAl Clinics of New England
Dr. Matt Bivens, President
Dr. Victor Pinkes, Chief Medical Officer
Barbara Roderick, Chief Therapist
Svetlana Bivens, Practice Manager
265 Franklin Street
Boston, MA, 02110