How I overcame alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

How I overcame alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool


Reviewer: Queenie Lee I’ve been in the entertainment
industry for over 30 years. I was a very light drinker in my 20s. In my 30s, I was a social drinker, and somewhere in my early 40s,
I developed alcohol use disorder, which is abbreviated AUD. We don’t really use the term
alcoholism that much anymore, because it’s too narrow of a term. AUD covers everything from the occasional binge drinker
to the chronic daily drinker. I started to realize that something
was very wrong with me when I was always the last person
standing at the bar or at dinner parties when everybody else had switched
to coffee, I was still quaffing wine. Yeah. I realized then that I
definitely had a problem, so I decided that I would just
go cold turkey, sober, and I did. But what I didn’t realize is that could cause what’s called
the alcohol deprivation effect, where once the honeymoon period
of sobriety wears off, you’re left with constant
physical cravings for alcohol. Think about it. You drive by a liquor store,
and you’re triggered, you want a drink. You walk by a pub, and you get angry because you can’t go in there
and have just one drink. You start isolating from your friends
and families because they drink. Developing AUD was
an incredibly confusing thing for somebody who, admittedly,
likes to be in control. I was definitely not
in control of this at all. In fact, I was swept up
in a nearly decade long battle with something I refer to
as “the monster.” Addiction is a monster,
and it affects every ethnicity, social class, race, sex, age;
it doesn’t matter. You can be the most
disciplined person in the world … When it gets you, it has you. “It” is in control. When I finally realized
that I was not in the driver’s seat, that the monster was, I sought out every single treatment
I could possibly find or afford. I went to rehab for $30,000 to basically drink wheat grass
and do tai chi. I went to talk therapy
for over two-and-a-half years for 200 bucks a session. I actually sought out a hypnotherapist who claimed that he had cured
a member of the Grateful Dead – that was 400 bucks an hour. I went to 12 different meetings
of AA in two different countries. I went macrobiotic.
I got my chakras realigned. I tried veganism. You name it, I tried it, and I – I prayed. I prayed until my knees
were black and blue, and I still kept relapsing,
time and time again. I mean, I think that in the years
that I was suffering from AUD and really battling it, I probably relapsed close to 20 times. And each relapse became
more difficult to recover from, and they got worse and worse and worse. And here’s the thing: I wasn’t drinking
because I had a crummy childhood, or because I was suffering
from any personal trauma. I mean, if you look at it
from the outside, I had a great life! I was in my chosen career.
I had a beautiful home. I had friends and family
who loved me and supported me. I was drinking because I was
physically addicted to alcohol. That’s it. Once I started, I could not stop drinking. I have addiction
on both sides of my family, and the genetic predisposition
coupled with engaging in the behavior, which for me is drinking,
made me an addict. I knew one thing for sure
after trying all of these treatments, and this became very clear: doing equine therapy or tai chi in some swanky beachfront
expensive rehabilitation facility was not going to fix
my biological addiction. By the end of 2008, I had six months
of sobriety under my belt, and that’s when the addict started
to talk to me in my head. That’s the insidious thing
about addiction, is once you have a bit
of sobriety under your belt, you go, “Hey, I’m not an addict.” It whispers to you,
“Go ahead, have a drink. You’ll be able to control it.
Just one drink.” So I listened to that idiot in my head,
and I went out to dinner that night, and I had a glass of wine, came home,
and I was so chuffed, “Well, look, the idiot is right.
I’m not an addict. I only had one glass.” Right … Day 2, I had two glasses;
day 3, I had three glasses – plus I picked up a bottle to bring home
and drink on the way home. Day 5, I was in a full-blown binge; I was drinking anything and everything, I would have probably
drunk vanilla extract if I had it. When I was finally too ill to drink
one more drop of alcohol, I did what I always did:
went cold turkey and tried to detox. This time, something went very wrong. I started to suffer
from seizures in my body. I lost all control of my motor controls. I couldn’t stand up;
I couldn’t get dressed. So I called a friend, and she took me
to my one and only medical detox. Where, I got to tell you,
I was not treated very well. In fact – until they had my $3,000 – they finally gave me my medication
that I needed to stop shaking. At that point, I felt so humiliated
and so down and so embarrassed by the whole experience
that I checked myself out and I left. On the way out, there was
this little stack of flyers for all these different
various treatments for AUD. One of them was for a shot, and this shot promised
to eliminate all cravings for alcohol. The shot was over $1,000 a month, but at this point, I would have sold
my soul to get better. When I got home, I Googled that shot. It turns out that the main
ingredient in it is Naltrexone, an FDA approved,
non-addictive, safe medication that’s been used to treat AUD since 1994. As I was searching, a book popped up: the rather boldly named
The Cure for Alcoholism, by Dr. Roy Eskapa. And there was this little sample chapter, so I read the chapter,
and I was absolutely hooked. This made complete sense
to the science lover in my head. It described a treatment
called The Sinclair Method, or TSM, where one takes an opiate blocker, you wait for an hour so the medication
can get into your bloodstream and brain, and then you drink alcohol. Sounds counterintuitive,
I know, but hear me out. Usually when an addict drinks,
they get a huge reward from alcohol, and that’s what makes them
want more and more and more. But if you drink an opiate blocker, like Naltrexone, or Nalmefene
if you’re here in the UK, instead of the alcohol reinforcing
the addictive synapses in the brain, the opiate blocker blocks the endorphins from activating the part of the brain
responsible for addiction. It’s as if you have a huge room
of endorphins living in your brain? And every time you drink alcohol,
those endorphins rush through the door, and they raise hell in your brain
and your neuro pathways. The opiate blocker stops those endorphins
from even leaving the room. It slams that door, and it locks it,
so they can’t even get out and play. Over the course of a couple days,
or weeks for some people, the body is slowly detoxed, drinking levels dramatically decrease because your cravings for alcohol subside. I didn’t have a doctor that would
prescribe me Naltrexone back then; in fact, when I mentioned it
to anybody, they said, “What?” So I ordered my pills
from an Indian pharmacy online, 50 mg of hope. Took a couple of weeks
for the pills to come to me, and when they did, I got to tell you
I was scared out of my mind because I thought,
“What if it doesn’t work? What if it makes me relapse again? What if it’s a worse relapse
than the last one?” But at this point, I was
so desperate – I took my chance. So I took the pill; I waited the hour; I poured myself a glass of wine,
and it was a miracle. I mean, the wine just sat there
while I ate my dinner. There was no head games, no compulsion, no “I want more, more, more” – nothing. I took a couple of sips,
and I went, “Meh. I’m done.” It was a complete miracle. Three months into TSM,
I had my true aha moment. There was this billboard –
I hate this billboard – near where I lived in Los Angeles, and every time I drove by it,
it had a huge glass of red wine on it, which was my particular poison,
massive glass of red wine, every time I drove by that billboard,
it would trigger me. If I was in drink mode, it would trigger me,
I’d go, “I want more.” If I was in sober mode,
I would drive by that billboard, and I’d go, “Uh, damn it,
I can’t have a glass of wine.” This particular day,
I drove by that billboard, and my brain said to me,
“That’s just a billboard.” I can’t even explain to you
what a profound moment this was, because it meant that my thought
processes were normal again. It meant that my brain was fixed. It meant that I was me again. Six months into TSM I was mostly sober, except for the occasional planned drink
one hour after taking Naltrexone. TSM worked so well for me
that I decided to contact Dr. Roy Eskapa and thank him for writing his book. I also asked him to thank
American researcher Dr. David Sinclair, whose life’s work,
quite literally, saved my life. I asked him, “What can I do to help
spread the word about this treatment?” He said, “Well, why don’t you
write a book?” So I did. That’s when my journey
of discovery really began. I found out that the World
Health Organization estimates that a person dies – 3.3 million people die every single year
from alcohol-related causes. That’s more than malaria,
tuberculosis, AIDS. I also found out that multiple researchers estimate that 80 – 90% of people
suffering from AUD do not seek treatment, and many of these people
don’t seek treatment because they’ve been falsely
led to believe that they have to give up alcohol
for the rest of their lives, which to a 20- or 30-year-old
can be utterly daunting, not to mention kind of unrealistic. I also found out that of the 10%
who do seek treatment, up to 90% of those people
are relapsing within the first four years! I mean, what other
treatable disease can you think of that has this abysmal of a success rate? Studies show that tough love
and humiliating an addict, or making them hit rock bottom
is not helping them; it’s actually making people worse. As Dr. Keith Humphreys
from Stanford University said, “It’s remarkable that people believe
what’s needed is more punishment. If punishment worked,
there wouldn’t be any addiction. It’s a punishing enough experience.” He is absolutely right. It is punishing. If we addicts had a normal disease, we would be treated
with sympathy and comfort; instead, we’re faced with a barrage of
“Why can’t you just quit? Just say no,” and a complete lack
of understanding or compassion. Many people suffer for
much longer than I did, but the majority of us suffer
for about a decade before finding help. So, why do so many people believe that a long-term battle
with alcohol addiction can be simply stopped in 30 days or less with nothing but talk therapy
and willpower? It’s amazing. It’s amazing. The World Health Institute estimates that a person dies every ten seconds
from alcohol use disorder. Is our current treatment system
really the best we can do? The Sinclair Method
has a 78% long-term success rate. Imagine a world with 78% less alcohol addicted people. Imagine the profound impact
that would have on our society. 78% less broken families. 78% less abused children, lost days of work, insurance costs, accidents,
and on and on and on. The Sinclair Method uses science
to empower your friends, your family, or even yourself to achieve recovery. Thanks to the Sinclair Method, I was able to Ctrl-Alt-Del
my addiction to alcohol. I am no longer powerless. The monster is no longer in control. I am. TSM works wonders
for alcohol-addicted people. It is my dream to see it become a go-to, regularly offered treatment
for those in need. I encourage all of you, I beg you to please help spread the word
of this lifesaving treatment. And let’s give addicts
the option they deserve. Thank you very much. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “How I overcame alcoholism | Claudia Christian | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

  1. Im glad this exists! Finally this makes sense why nothing else worked. The mind struggles and thats what needs attention to be normal in life!

  2. my psychology was abusive to me- and my drinking is now much worse because of it- I'm drunk watching this.

  3. Sales pitch. Typical of California mentality. Just take a pill and bam. It's done. TSM. Total sales Marketing. Lol 12 steps and AA works !

  4. Great talk. It begs the question if the same treatment will work for eating disorders? Other drug disorders? Smoking? If type 2 diabetics could get OFF carbohydrates and sugars the improvement in their health would be phenomenal. Does this "treatment" have the potential that I see? Or is it strictly for folks with alcohol addiction?

  5. I’ve a question for alcoholics. Once you become an alcoholic, can you ever become a social drinker again after beating your addiction? Or will an alcoholic drink always cause relapse no matter how much time has passed?

  6. You will always be an alcoholic…One in recovery…but an alcoholic.,..while you think your overcoming alcoholism, your disease is out there doing pushups…

  7. ive given up alcohol temporarily because of home detention and if i get a corrections visit at any time and get positively breath tested i go to Yatala maximum security prison for half a year .I am truly an inspiration.

  8. Yes that is so true. It's too much. I have to watch this because my ex is dealing with drinking too much. i pray for his peace

  9. There are many roots as to why people drink, and therapy is good to get out how you. I am worried about him because as much as i want him to get help. He doesn't know want to get help. Broken families is the right word for what he goes through, and it saddens me how he controls his life through drinking.

  10. I only drink on Thursdays or Fridays. I never drink any other day. But when I drink, I DRINK. Am I an alchy? Please, I'm a vet and am curious. Everyone else tells me I am a drunk. When I DRINK, I put down a 12 pack.

  11. She is very interesting looking. She has her own unique look. Shes pretty. She’s got a great speaking voice, too. Hollywood needs to hire her again.

  12. Better to feel comfortable with the word "alcoholism" and to come to terms with it. And then people can move forward.

  13. TL;DR- Naltrexone 50 mg, 1 pill, 1 hour before drinking. And Naltrexone only when you expect to drink, at least one hour before.

    This is miracle which arrived in my youtube timeline and changed my relationship with alcohol. Alcohol is no longer the master, I am.

  14. way safer to see recovery as a reprieve. I'm 21 yrs sober and if I reignited that addiction I would find that I overcame nothing. My mind and body are still that of an alcoholic.

  15. ONCE AN ALCOHOLIC ALWAYS AN ALCOHOLIC. THE BIG BOOK OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS EXPLAINS THE DISEASE IN FULL. AUD ? WHAT EVER ITS ALCOHOLISM..IT IS ADDICTION…AND HOLLYWOOD GLAMOURIZES IT AND ENCOURAGES IT… REHAB. IS NOT A SOLUTION, THERAPY CANNOT CURE YOU, 12 STEPS AND GOD AND A HIGHER POWER AND WORKING THE STEPS, WORKS… CALLING YOUR ALCOHOLISM AUD….. IS JUST A WAY TO TRY TO MAKE YOU SEEM DIFFERENT OR UNIQUE…. ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM ARE TERMS ALL KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WELL. JAILS, INSTITUTIONS, DEATH, OR RECOVERY ARE YOUR ONLY OPTIONS…. GOOD LUCK..

  16. ACTORS AND ACTRESSES ARE HISTORICALLY KNOWN TO BE ALCOHOLICS AND ADDICTS SO ARE ENTERTAINERS……

  17. I hate how people try to frame alcohol as if it’s not a drug. It’s a dopaminergic gaba agonist with high abuse potential, neurotoxicity at high doses, and a severe withdrawal. People need to be aware that it’s a dangerous substance.

  18. I complete 30 days sober since 10 years I have not attained it and one of the cause is this clip !! I am inspired by this woman!! thanks

  19. I don't seek treatment because I have no health insurance or money to pay for the extra fees if I did had health insurance.

  20. It is not a good idea to look at addicts in your family. You just assume you have a natural predisposition to drinking and use it as an excuse to be a drunk. We all have the power to stop. Surround yourself with great people and stay busy and you can't be a drunk all the time.

  21. Has anybody else tried this drug and how was your experience? I'm trying to help someone close to me through their addiction and it's a nightmare. She's going to kill herself on an OD. She's now turned to using every hardcore street drug available and has died from fentanyl OD twice now. She cries every day wanting to stop but says she's can't. She'll do whatever someone gives her and all of it. It's so sad.

  22. No gods needed… I've been sober for over 3 decades… didn't do it alone and anyone ready to let go of the addiction monster, take what ever path calls to you down deep.

  23. Addiction is a part of the human experience. When you take a drug, you own it. It is yours. This drug does not cure. It replaces one for the other. The roots of chronic addiction happen with repetitive behavior, and the addition of one, or all three types of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She is obviously a victim of neglect. The repetitive nature of her rock, and roll lifestyle keeps her from understanding the important things in life that can fill that void within her soul that makes her want to fill it up with alcohol. She believes she has it all, and can buy whatever she needs. That's not life. That's a path to chronic addiction. When you give up the things in your life that you believe were important, and move on to other things, you will feel horrible. You will feel like a part of you died, and you killed the things you love. That is the path of redemption. Then you will be free. This drug is not freedom. It is system of control. Fill the void with something constructive. Enlighten yourself. You cannot throw money at it. If you are addicted, go die. I did it, and I'm still here. Free.

  24. From this I can only gather, she isn’t a “real alcoholic.” She is a “problem drinker.”

    When a real alcoholic tries to stop drinking their problems become worse. In spite of their problems piling up – they are not able to quit of their own volition for any considerable period of time.

    To those “real alcoholics” out there…different scales exist. This is just one of many different experiences.

    Drinking wasn’t my problem—it was my solution.

  25. Im a binge drinker. And lately time of day doesn't matter. I notice that I can't attend events or anything sober. I'm a great mother and my oldest is starting to recognize my problem. I need to stop before I lose years with my children. Hopefully watching these videos and listening to others stories inspire me enough. Day 1.

  26. The real story here is there are a tons of assholes capitalizing on this deadly problem that have no idea what they are doing. Impossible to quit when you're an addict but your life is still pretty good. Addiction is sadly a for profit industry.

  27. I have always said what ever works for you is great. I'm 10 years sober and owe it to alcoholics annonymis and God.

  28. Glad it worked for you. I continued to drink on naltrexone, just drank more till I was drunk. AA works. I went to many rehabs, jail, two DUI, Baker Act and more. All programs I was in said to go to AA. I will investigate this Sinclair method

  29. Very good..alcohol is a horrid disease… in lots of ways does more harm than smoking… i feel utterly delighted not to have had a drop for 2.5 years..up to that point i had seriously cut down ..it worked for me…good luck everyone on your journey…u CAN do itx

  30. Claudia Christian Not only orchestrates verbaly the inate corruption of alcohol addiction, speaking with a personal level of AUD, but puts together the gig-saw puzzle of alcoholism in a brief coloqual understanding of how the real world and mind of an alcoholic functions, then delivering a simplistic resolution of drinking to a reduced state causing "extinction" of the want or need to be inebriated, a behavior that is "unlearnt with love and encouragement, is far more sussesful than the archaic way of thinking abstinance will support long term AUD. naltrexone nullifies the brains ability to potentialy ever use again in an abusive way natrualy. Science is now recognised, like in any disease and a genuine cure is uniquely on the market, Roy escapra & Dr Sinclair, just shuffled there way to find this extinction method, claudia christian and many other advocates are pure angels, with way higher qualifications than advocating AUD, but seem to redirect there lives journey into saving others from a fate of a slow alcoholic death, there's a special place in heaven for these people's sacrifice.

    Just a thought greeneyedcat.

  31. I gave up for four years once; then Christmas came around and someone said "Go on, have a drink, it'll be ok". Never, never, never have that drink. It WON'T be ok.

  32. I'm thinking the alcoholic would not take the "blocker" for long because it's the feel good affect they desire from alcohol. AA does not require that I buy anything to stay sober. Quick fixes don't work. This method seems to be like Russian roulette, oh didn't get drunk this time

  33. I have heard it's possible to get this medication without prescription from Indian pharmacies (to U.K.). Is this true? Thanks.

  34. Both my grandfathers were alcoholics, I'm 24 almost 25.. I really messed up. I really hope to be clean by my 25th birthday..

  35. İ'm not an alcoholic. İ only drink when i go out. And the next day i feel very sick. People who are addicted to alcohol and consume large amounts every day, does your body adapt to it or do you also feel sick every day?

  36. Although I can appreciate her story, her journey, and recovery, I believe an addicts desire to change their life's course is when recovery begins. I am the husband of an alcoholic who has tried everything including the treatment in this video. My wife is currently in treatment for the third time and this time there is more traction. She is doing better in the current treatment facility because she was on the verge of losing everything if she doesn't quit. She keeps reminding herself that her family is more important than alcohol. My conclusion which applies to every person regarding everything is that the mind is the most powerful tool God gave us. If you set your mind to achieve something and take any steps towards doing so, anything is possible. I wish the best to all addicts and their journey to recovery.

  37. Three years ago I quit drinking after forty five years of heavy drinking. I went from spending six hundred a month at the liquor store and now I spend nothing there. I still don't know why or how I did it because it just happened. Cannabis was key even though I had always smoked it while I was drinking. Without the booze the pain went away, the GERD went away, the edema went away, the vomiting stopped and my lungs cleared up. I have not been sick for one day since I quit and I weigh forty pounds less. I never even missed it and I always thought I couldn't live without it. Who would have thought?

  38. Naltrexone wasn’t for me… thought to be fair, I didn’t continue it after a week. I have never been the type to fall asleep while I was doing something, but it did that for me. Just nodding off after sitting for a couple minutes. That scared me a lot. And I didn’t really find it curb my cravings, or lessen the effects of drinking. 1 week only though, maybe it would have worked if I were on it longer.

  39. Looks like you're trying just to sell us that pills…and you're full of money, but lot of people can't afford 30'000 dollars for some tedox. You ever thought about it?

  40. i only got a little over 2 years and i don't care what you call the pill i aint taking nothing with the gamble that i can relapse without relasping???? good luck to y'all, if you STOP putting it in you it cant rule you anymore.

  41. "78% less alcohol addicted people", "78% less broken families, 78% less abused children, lost days of work, insurance cost, accidents…" – Many thanks for labeling us, grouping us all together and passing judgement, as if all alcohol abusers beat their children, skip work constantly and break their families or cause accidents. I thank you for story and commend you on your effort to help people, albeit that I will never support the use of medication to reach or maintain sobriety, unless it is in a rehab or detox facility. But unfortunately you have taken the easy route out, you are now technically reliant on medication to keep you sober…you have not developed the mental abilities to be able to conquer alcohol abuse yourself, and when you relapse, you will turn back to the medication…reliance. Only an alcoholic will pass judgment from the gutter, and this you have done, pretending to me on a pedestal and better than the people with this affliction that you yourself are part of – you said it, we have this for life!. I wish sobriety on you for the rest of your days, I just wish that you could be a little more humble – I don't feel that you'll be able to keep this up in the long term and I am personally struggling to relate to you, but that is just me – what do I know? Godspeed, and good luck!

  42. Please this woman is a charlatan you drink more because your brain is reacting to the alcohol no buzz no point the buzz causes what they call the taste

  43. You take this Serrapeptase 250000 I.U along with Nattokinase 200 F.U. twice a day in the morning and at night and you will be off drinking. Everything else is bogus. No withdrawal symptoms nothing. IT WORKS!!!!

  44. When i stop drinking automatically, cant sleep at night sweating in my body, sometime i heard voice in my head, hard to eat food, if i dont eat food for long time and i i dont sleep well, i used to fall on ground, unconsious for less than 1 minute , so now a how i stop drinking isi used ka dosage and after that i can adjust

  45. Don't agree with this. Cold turkey is not overcoming alcohol. Metal health is key. This speaker can't convince me that her mental health was always good. I'm able to drink, enjoy it, and walk away.

  46. These videos are so helpful along with many others online that are very helpful, even for extreme alcolocs like myself. I have been sober almost 15 weeks after hitting complete rock bottom. Inever thought I could get this far, but I feel like a completely different person. It's amazing! It is still challenging at times, I wont lie about that. Trust me , if I could get this far after drinking constantly, I pray anyone going through the same situation has the strength and support out there to conquer this horrible disease. Rem ember, take one day at a time, AA, find a new hobby, friends, etc._.Try to avoid being bored and avoid old habits. Going to the gym constantly when I crave alcohol and talking to God, Jesus and my Guardian Angels has answered so many of my prayers and helped me get this far. I sincerely pray for anyone going through addiction. Its awful, but remember you are not alone. God bless everyone!

  47. I want this to be true. But I’ve noticed throughout life that if something is as easy as taking a pill to cure your issue, it’s too good to be true. Meaning where one thing is fixed another thing goes wrong.
    Any side effects?
    Is it truly the answer?

    I need help.

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