ContrAl-method has been developed in Finland, but today it’s an internationally recognised outpatient programme. It’s based on the Sinclair-method by Dr. David Sinclair.
ContrAl Clinics was the first one in the world (1996) to develop a treatment programme based on the Sinclair-method. Since then, ContrAl Clinics has successfully treated thousands of patients with alcohol-use disorder.
The treatment programme is not based on the idea of total abstinence, but instead the aim is to help our patients regain control over alcohol use, all while still continuing to lead their normal everyday lives.
ContrAl Clinics offers an efficient programme for treating alcoholism
ContrAl Clinics is a privately owned corporation which provides a unique treatment for alcoholism, excessive drinking, and alcohol abuse based on a recent breakthrough in alcoholism research. ContrAl Clinics has treated thousands of people with alcohol problems with the Sinclair Method since the treatment program was introduced in 1996. ContrAl Clinics was the first in the world to introduce a treatment program based on the studies of Dr Sinclair. Dr Sinclair was one of the founders of ContrAl Clinics.
The Sinclair Method consists of a combination of targeted opiate antagonist medication and professional counselling. The medicine normally in use in conjunction with the Sinclair Method is nalmefene (Selincro®) or naltrexone. Both are opiate antagonists. Targeted nalmefene and naltrexone, together with the counselling, diminishes alcohol craving without causing unpleasant side effects. The treatment programme is executed discreetly while the patient continues their normal life. We pride ourselves on protecting the anonymity of our customers.
A number of clinical trials indicate that Opiate Antagonist, when used in the ContrAl fashion, can significantly reduce alcohol drinking. The treatment records of several hundred patients who have undergone the program also suggest the same. Should you wish to read Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.
The ContrAl Method is not based on total abstinence, but instead focuses on helping the patient regain control of their alcohol use, all while continuing to lead their normal lives. Part of our customers reduces their alcohol consumption to a level that’s no longer a health hazard, and part of them stops drinking completely. 78% of those who undergo the treatment reach their goals of reducing alcohol consumption.
ContrAl Method is also used to treat gamblers and people addicted to gaming. Our outpatient programme reduces the gambling cravings and relapses of the addicts. Read more about our treatment for gambling addiction here.
Three quarters of those who undergo the programme reach their goal of reducing alcohol use.
A reliable outpatient programme
The treatment programme is discreetly scheduled into your normal everyday life, and you don't need to engage to inpatient programmes lasting for months. We guarantee privacy to all our customers.
Medication + counselling
Treatment for alcoholism with the ContrAl Method consists of a combination of targeted opiate antagonist medication (nalmefene or naltrexone) and professional counselling.
Regain control over alcohol use
Our treatment for alcoholism does not require total abstinence. The goal is to get alcohol use under control, so that the patients can continue their normal lives.
Scientific, patented and proven to work
The patented ContrAl Method is based on decades of scientific research and has been used to treat thousands of patients both in Finland and abroad.
The ContrAl Method
ContrAl Clinics in media
The Atlantic article presents critique against the dominant AA-method, and presents the Contral Method as a suitable option.
Documentary: One Little Pill
Watch the 90-second trailer from the documentary film One Little Pill. The film tells about naltrexone in the treatment of alcoholism.
The Daily Beast article about the opiate antagonist drug naltrexone (the same drug used in the treatment for alcoholism with the ContrAl Method as well).
"My job includes a a lot of representing. I was starting to be afraid of the alcohol use almost every evening. I was starting to get hooked. No company can afford to keep a drunk in a position with a lot of responsibility. I took Contral's treatment program and with it, reducing alcohol consumption was surprisingly easy. Since I did not have to quit altogether, I was still able to handle all the representation events."
Jussi N.,45 yrs, Espoo
"My alcohol use gradually increased over the years. Eventually I had to drink at least one wine bottle each evening. I faced stress both at the office as well home. When my family started to make remarks, I finally realised that everything is not OK. I took the Contral treatment programme, and already halfway the programme my alcohol use had halved. Now I only use alcohol occasionally."
Liisa K.,38 yrs, Helsinki
"A few times a year alcohol use got out of hands and I could not control it. Especially during holidays I often drank from morning until late night, and for several days in a row. Luckily my wife finally had enough, and booked a counselling session from Contral Clinics. After their treatment programme, I haven't had a single relapse. And the best part was the privacy. Nobody else had any idea, except for my wife of course."
Matti V.,37 yrs, Tampere
"I was laid off at work and ended up becoming unemployed. Initially I started spending more time at the nearby bar than at home. I developed a craving for beer and was always out of money. Thanks to Contral Clinics, my alcohol consumption is now only a fraction of what it used to be. My financial situation has improved and my mornings are completely different. I have kept touch with my old friends, but go to the bar very rarely nowadays. I take follow-up counselling at Contral Clinics about once a year or so."
Ulla L.,53 yrs, Vantaa
"I have to travel around the world due to my work. Oftentimes I had nothing else to do during the evenings than to drink. However, travelling takes its toll and my health started to weaken. I go to Finland from time to time, and decided to start the Contral treatment programme. The combination of the drug and the counselling helped me get my drinking under control. It was happy to be able to take some of the counselling sessions online, as well. I feel a lot better now, thanks to the decreased drinking."
Jeffrey T.,56 yrs, London
We have four clinics in Finland, but only the Helsinki clinic currently offers treatment in English.
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