Alcohol Treatment

Stinking Thinking and Freshening Up Your Thoughts

 They say, “What you think about, you bring about.” So many struggle day to day in various areas of their lives. They don’t have to, but they “think” they do, so they continue to struggle. You’ve been there, just like many others: you’ve tried and tried to take control of your drinking and you find yourself in a familiar scenario you’ve been in all too many times. You’re at the bottom of a bottle and you can’t help but think that you are simply destined to fail. You believe that because you’ve failed this many times, you’re a failure and you should simply give up trying as you’re just going to fail again. This thought process is known as Stinking Thinking.

Stinking thinking can refer to any type of negativity, but generally it goes beyond a sporadic negative thought. Everybody has “off” days and feel poorly now and again. However,  stinking thinking can go beyond that. Negative thinking becomes harmful, crippling thoughts of failure or self loathing that crush the human spirit. You feel trapped in a seemingly endless cycle. This is because thoughts are seeds you choose to plant and nurture. Constant negativity will grow a sour harvest that never changes.

People who have reverted back to old patterns of thinking are also victims of stinking thinking. It is absolutely possible to think your way out of recovery. The idea that you’re never going to be able to control your drinking, so you should give up and drink anyway is a classic example of stinking thinking.

There are several other examples of stinking thinking. Little habits developed over time that have worked their way into your thoughts and change your perspective on how you see and handle life. However, there are also ways to “freshen up” your thoughts, change how you think about things, and how you handle difficult scenarios that would typically be thought of negatively.

“All or nothing thinking”, believing things are either all good or all bad. It’s easy to over generalize. Constantly saying, “always” or “never” when describing situations. Remember life is not painted black and white. Much of life takes place in grey areas. Most things are not all good or all bad - but somewhere in between. When you’re working on moderating your drinking you may slip up, but you don’t always slip up.

“Mental filtering”, by only seeing the negative and never the positive in any situation. Challenge yourself to be optimistic and see the positive side of a situation. Life doesn’t happen to you, it just happens. How you see something makes all the difference.

“Labeling”, putting negative labels on yourself, others, or things in your life. When you talk down about yourself, calling yourself a loser or a failure, you are planting those seeds. You will feel like a loser and a failure. Misery is optional, choose to compliment yourself. Remind yourself that you are bright, strong, and important.

“Emotional Reasoning” thinking feelings are facts or reality. Emotions are not facts. Just because you feel a certain way, does not make it true. Notice when emotions are getting the best of your thoughts and check out the facts first.

Practice new ways of thinking to help you stay positive and keep the stinking thinking at a minimum. Remember that the past is the past and no one can change it. The future is not set in stone and no one can be certain about what it will hold.. Don’t dwell in the past, and don’t stress about the future. Everybody makes mistakes, and anyone can bounce back from them. The future offers limitless potential. When you’re feeling overwhelmed about the past or future, remember where you are in the moment.

Michael Yasinski MD

The History of The Sinclair Method

Sinclair Method: The History of How We Modernized Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcohol addiction in America has a long history as a huge burden on thousands of people. The Sinclair Method was originally developed by Dr. David Sinclair in America in the 1960’s.  It established “alcohol deprivation effect.” Dr. Sinclair then moved to Helsinki, Finland to continue research. Using specially bred rats predisposed to becoming alcoholic. He concluded that alcoholism is a learned behavior. When a response or emotion has been “reinforced” with alcohol over time, it is a Learned Behavior. Some people (and rats) have genetic traits that lead them to feel more “reinforcement” from consuming alcohol. Eventually these feelings of reinforcement cause uncontrollable cravings.

The Modern Cure for Alcohol Treatment: Dr. Sinclair Started it All

Dr. Sinclair was heavily influenced by Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov. He studied how Pavlov used bells to condition dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell. This was done by rewarding the dogs with food after the bell sounded. Once conditioned, the dogs rewarded with food after the bell sounded, would salivate after just hearing the bell. However, the salivating tapered off when the food stopped. This was referred to as “extinction.” Sinclair believed the the learned behavior of addiction could be removed by way of extinction, too.
Sinclair hypothesized that alcohol produced reinforcement in the addiction center of the brain in a way that was similar to opiates. His research indicated that alcohol produced reinforcement by releasing endorphins that bind with opioid receptors.

Sinclair’s solution to stopping the reinforcement cycle was to block the receptors every time alcohol is used. He began testing opioid antagonists, Naltrexone & Nalmefene, on rats, and then started clinical trials.  Extinction of the impulse to drink takes place over time and has over an 80% success rate for people who use the method properly. It is imperative that those who are on their way to moderating their alcohol usage continue to take their medicine, even if it’s thought that it is not needed anymore. Dr. Sinclair ultimately concluded that in order for this method to work, you need to drink yourself sober, the perfect solution for people who have difficulty staying away from alcohol yet need to change their drinking patterns.

Sinclair Method Success : 5 Steps to Curing Your Drinking

Dr. Sinclair composed five steps to guide you through the de-addiction process and success with The Sinclair Method. First, you must understand and think about addiction in an entirely new way. You must stop thinking of addiction as an incurable, unfixable disease and begin thinking of it as a behavior that can be controlled and moderated like any other behavior. Then, check the severity of your problem with addiction and find out how you can get help. The Moderation Institute in Scottsdale is a premier office offering The Sinclair Method ready to be customized just for you. You won’t need to take any time off work and it is extremely affordable. Work with your doctor to obtain a prescription for naltrexone or Nalmefene. After three to four months - in some cases six months - you will be cured.

Michael Yasinski MD