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. I just stopped drinking out the blue a couple months ago and it has already changed my life. Alcoholism is a disease so its not that simple but so far so good.

  2. I'm so happy to see videos like this! I hope this helps as many people as possible in their struggle with alcohol! I battled with AUD for nearly 30 years. Just before getting sober, I tried both Naltrexone and Nalmefene. They both made me feel confused, dopey and disconnected to the point where I had trouble functioning in day-to-day life so I had to quit taking them after a few weeks. Of course my AUD kicked right back in after quitting the meds and I was back to binging and feeling absolutely powerless and worthless.

    Through the course of some serendipitous events, I was led to an amazingly powerful, all-natural tool that helped fix my addiction: psilocybin. After 2 sessions with this entheogen I was cured of my lifelong addiction. I understand that "cure" is such a strong word, but there is simply no other way to express it. The entheogen reached deep inside my psyche and heart and helped me to understand the traumatic roots of my addiction. I was able to be compassionate and forgiving toward myself instead of feeling guilt, self-loathing and self-hatred. I was shown that alcohol is simply not for me anymore. During this process, I was connected to a source of such a profound unconditional love, that tears of gratitude and joy were pouring from my eyes unabated. I have never ever felt such felt such an understanding, such an emotional release and such pure unadulterated, unconditional love.

    I have been sober for 2 years 10 months and I have never had to struggle to stay sober. The psilocybin showed me that alcohol lowers one's frequency and AUD is a self-perpetuating frequency lowering dysfunctional pattern. It raised my frequency above my AUD so that I understood at a core emotional level that alcohol was not for me. I simply dropped the behavior without the usual war inside my head.

    I have spoken to other psilocybin experienced people with AUD's and they shared similar revelatory healing experiences. I realize that this may not be for everyone, but for those of you with whom this tool resonates, I recommend heeding the call. If you decide to take the plunge, do your own research to make sure it is right for you and that you're ready, seek out a reputable guide and a trustworthy source for the product, understand the sanctity of this tool and treat it and the whole process with the utmost reverence.

    My deepest love and blessings to all of you!!!

  3. 78 percent of people live with pane . We are the ones that build the would, You Are live in. And still you all want more . More to what end
    What is it , you smart people what. What more is there to have . You smart people.

  4. I have 9 broken ribs . No pain medicine keep me form feeling the pain . No pill , no Doctor can stop the pain . Only the mind . Arthur Munson. Only God can help you. With out him . Truly you have nothing. Art.

  5. PTSD makes me drink but ima kick this addiction it’s hard because when I drink it’s easier to deal with people and their BS.

  6. This talk is total b***** one thing about alcoholism is it never goes away just ask any 80 year old who used to be an alcoholic the urges are still there any of you out there trying to look up to this lady don't she's full of s***

  7. I quit alcohol because it made my life worse.

    And I wanted to become happier so I quit drinking.

    Years will go by and I’ll forget I’m sober.

    I don’t make it tough.

    I just live

  8. It's a punishing enough experience. Yes. 😔 It was.
    God speed Love,Compassion,and Understanding to anyone on their journey.🙏

  9. Don't need to take drug's to stop drinking. Once you learn to live sober you don't need to drink. Social drinking is of no interest to me. Workout, dance, 31 year's sober. Thank you

  10. Music and my parents bad parenting lead me to alcoholism for year's so I just went cold turkey and now I feel weak and sick…..

  11. I have found that “understanding and compassion” have zero impact on improving an alcoholics life change. In fact, it often supports them in their behaviour and habits. In my experience people with alcoholism become remarkably good at manipulating other people and systems. Until the light comes on for them individually (and don’t try to persuade them), it’s all a waste of time and energy.

  12. My mom died way too young from cirrhosis of the liver from being a functioning alcoholic. I haven’t had a stitch of alcohol since the day she told me she was dying.

  13. You give up Alcohol and drugs when you realize it's untenable nature. This happened to me in '87. Talk therapy and will power most definitely work, this pill she talks about is an alcoholic's dream.

  14. Satan's inebriated Jesus Christ earth 🐖 alcoholic coward is possibly the worst thing anyone will encounter in a dying marriage, neopaganism christians of the Vatican's Luciferian 🌞God…

  15. I am one who wishes he did drink more. I have learned that I can go months with out it. but I don't need it but some days I want one or two. I am sorry you went down that path. I will say I am happy you are still see that you are still here to talk about it.

  16. Drinking can be like a medicine . Many make a living by making selling and distribution of booze. Yes its could be true Many accidental deaths and much crime takes place from drinking. Drinking is a choice and sometimes it harms destroys and kills. On the other hand it brings great joy to millions and they cheer with approval and drink to this message.

  17. Hmm, We don't drink. Never did. Didn't think watching this would be interesting but it was. Congratulations to all the people striving to improve and meet their new goals…starting with the person who has made it through their first day.

  18. Iv been drinking since I was 14 now I'm 26 and I can feel my health fading away, I'm sick of this addiction I really wanna quit but it's so hard

  19. I think this is great and any way someone can find recovery I'm all for. I know, however, that any attempt to shield the addict from temptation is doomed to fail. This freedom is an inside job, so if nothing else changes nothing really changes. "?mostly sober?" what does that even really mean.

  20. I appreciate many people can get themselves into sobriety using different methods. However, watching this video has infuriated me for many reasons, too many to mention in this statement. I have been aware of this treatment for many years. However I disagree with the success rate and if Claudia could provide me with her statistics, I would be happy to analyse these and confirm for myself. There is also a cost attached to the treatment, if we really care about people why is there such a cost attached to getting better. I question why Claudia is promoting this, EGO. I personally know several people who have been sober for more than 50 years. These people help others without financial gain.if Claudia really wants to discuss, honesty, humility and a better understanding of alcohol, I would be happy to debate with her regarding these issues. I don’t know if Claudia is sober or not. If you use any drug blockers, why would you drink alcohol, that makes no sense. Could it be an obsession of the mind. Despite this , I wish Claudia well, but disagree with her strongly. Especially when she criticised other recovery programs. God Bless . 🙏

  21. I have not drank even a single drop of alcohol in my life. I am 28. But recently i am kind of willing to give it a try. But this video really scared the ** out of me. I dont have good discipline and self control. Will i eventually slip into AUD ? How does alcohol addiction work ?

  22. 8 years sober now 👍 don't give up if i can do it a daily drinker for 20 years u can too just take 1 min , then 1 hour than 1 week than 1 year at a time you are worth it 😁

  23. Great you make money off people. Yeah good for ypu . Lets all feel sorry for those that cant afford this bs. Lets make koney off rhem

  24. Commonly reported side effects of naltrexone include: streptococcal pharyngitis, syncope, anxiety, arthralgia, arthritis, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, frequent headaches, headache, joint stiffness, nasopharyngitis, nausea, nervousness, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attack, pharyngitis, posttraumatic stress disorder, sedated state, sinus headache, vomiting, induration at injection site, malaise, pain at injection site, and tenderness at injection site. Other side effects include: muscle cramps, muscle rigidity, muscle spasm, stiffness, depression, and twitching. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

  25. Just seems like she is trying to sell a pill. I have never met a drunk who started the story with "I was/am rich and famous and didnt drink until I was 40 and then Cindy made fun of me for having too much wine at the dinner party".

  26. I think I’m an alcoholic.
    I have not seeked treatment
    2 am and this video suggested
    I don’t want to watch this or listen
    Yet here I am
    Wondering if it can help …
    Going to force myself to watch twice 😞

  27. So she did it all wrong.
    Such a pity.
    All wrong all the way long.
    Hope she will find her own will some day.
    Otherwise it cannot be done.

  28. Thankyou for The Video.

    Having anxiety issues and alcohol together is incredibly dangerous.
    I never spoke up about my serious Anxiety and it led me to drink which near cost me my life a couple of times.
    If we keep our feelings inside without expressing them it builds up till we explode and alcohol can fuel that explosion so much quicker

  29. This lady is such a hilarious joke. Basically she's saying that a.a. didn't work "for her". A.a. doesn't work for anyone. YOU have to do the work of a.a.. So she took a magic pill from across the world then deliberately relapsed! This is such a great comedy! I need to see one of her stand ups live! Lmfao!🤣🤣🤣🤣

  30. It's so encouraging for me to see someone I've looked up to since I was a little girl & that I highly respect in this subject. Addiction is a disease, period.

  31. This broad is right. There is a pill that cures alcoholism. ITS CALLED ANABUSE,LMFAO! AND you dont have to cross the world to fine it. I agree with thus chick too. ALL of our lives where "fine on the outside!". 🤣🤣🤣🤣. Hashtag "doesn't get it" and you'll see this chicks face.

  32. I heard of 'Sober January' in December 2016 so I started early with the goal of the Super Bowl/Eagles and was surprised by getting 5 weeks. I don't consider myself a alcoholic but at 56 I'm drinking too much, mainly self medicating. So i went back, mainly beer and wine (NO DRUGS). I tried doing Sober Month but found it too hard!? Anyway I decided to try again with my birthday coin siding with my doctor appointment and am now 15 days into a 5 week Sober schedule. No problem so far. The 'problem' is when I reach the 37th day (October 11/appt) will I drink in celebration for my BD, or.. keep going? I know I will have the willpower but should I stop drinking? It seems absurd a question but my conscience leads me to see that SO MANY people are oppressed and are locked in a terrible situation. Plus I'm getting old. That's it..

  33. I'm grateful for your testimony but my husband is on those blockers and he was in a car accident ended up on major pain pills so they him on this and he has an alcohol problem and that medicine did not stop him from craving alcohol at all so it also takes the second part where you want to quit drinking because he did not want to quit drinking. I think it worked for you because how desperate you were to get away from it.

  34. I’m 18 and I don’t drink everyday but when I do, I lose control and do things I regret and forget everything, I’ve lost friends and my parents have cried because of how drunk I have gotten home. I don’t know why all my friends that drink as much as I do or more at parties don’t do things I do. Please help

  35. What's the point of continuing to drink an occasional glass of wine if you don't even feel good from it? Why not just abstain…

  36. Only watching this because my ex had a huge drinking problem… I never got it… as I never drank…. To me it is just an excuse… don't start on this stuff drink/drugs/smoking and that covers most the problem… never start.

  37. i used to have aud and overcame it with an acid trip and now its actually hard for me to have more than 2 drinks without feeling sick and uneasy about it

  38. my dad used to drink so much, but he always used to tell this, my son tell me who is the great person, the one who chases his heart or his heart chases him, never could answer that question,

  39. Another "magic pill" courtesy of big pharma. The last magic pill was oxycodone for severe pain. Yay pain gone. Remember how that turned out? Opiod crisis Be Careful

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