Frequently Asked Questions
GO SOBER™ is an effective, out-patient, alcohol treatment program that treats the underlying cause for continued failure to quit. We use medication to first stop daily preoccupation with drinking (cravings). We then restore the brain’s ability to derive its own natural rewards to life’s normal experiences. Finally, we restructure lives to create ample reward producing opportunities. This stops unwanted drinking.
Continued drinking in spite of negative consequences is the brain’s attempt to stop anxiety and derive calmness. You continue to drink because you no longer have the choice to feel calm without it. At some point, abuse became addiction as the brain built tolerance. Now, abstinence merely frustrates the brain’s normal reward mechanism. Until you drink, you remain focused on consuming alcohol and everything else is less important.
This is a hotly debated topic. The medical community says, “Yes.” Many detractors say, “No, it’s a personal choice.” Substantial evidence and general acceptance among researchers indicate a significant percentage of the population is predisposed to pursue behaviors which can result in addiction. This condition called Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) motivates individuals to do things which produce dopamine, and other natural brain reward chemicals. Drugs and alcohol produce huge spikes in dopamine but can form addictions over time. Is an individual’s predisposition to pursue reward producing behavior a disease? What if the behavior becomes harmful over time? We believe it is more of a pathway that can lead to conditions which require treatment. What’s relevant is what constitutes effective treatment?
Any effective alcohol treatment program first addresses the failure mechanism causing repeat, destructive drinking behavior. Most “treatment” programs deny access and/or advocate techniques to recognize behavior and consciously modify it. Both are fine, but generally ineffective. Until an individual is able to concentrate on daily life without constant sabotage, sobriety is exceedingly difficult to achieve and maintain. Effective treatment restores normal brain reward capability and then facilitates conditions to stimulate natural reward chemistry production.
To be effective, you first must restore the brain’s ability to recognize natural reward chemicals and stop constant, daily drinking anxiety (cravings). Certain medications do this well and remarkably quickly. Once the failure mechanism is turned off, rapid change occurs without anxiety or distraction.
We use an effective addiction treatment model which relies on 3 important steps: Readiness assessment, Medication treatment and Behavior modification. Readiness screening is important to assess overall physical health and verify readiness to change. Treatment involves administering medication which stops cravings and restores the brain’s natural reward mechanism. Behavior modification replaces drinking behavior with healthy alternatives while optimizing conditions to produce dopamine naturally. Behavior modification involves counseling, nutritional guidance, exercise and daily activities individually selected to reinforce natural feelings of comfort and wellness while mitigating competing stress and anxiety.
Probably. It’s likely you’ve tried to limit your drinking, quit on your own, or even attended other “treatment” programs. How did these attempts work out? We’re guessing, not very well because none of them addressed the problem. The brain has to be reset to normal before its natural reward process can recommence. This is exactly what Go Sober™ does and why it will work for you.
Yes, you have to quit permanently. If you are unwilling to quit permanently or if you think you can control occasional drinking, you’re mistaken. You’re obviously concerned about your drinking, which is good. We recommend you talk with us or an experienced addiction counselor who can help put the overall situation into the proper perspective. We can provide excellent referrals to counselors who share our philosophy and will help you deal with your current issues and problems until you are ready to quit permanently. Part of being ready to quit is realizing that drinking no longer works for you, you want to stop and you need help. The medication enables you to stay focused on this without the sabotage. After you’ve taken it, you won’t feel the need to protect your desire to drink because you won’t have it. Nor, will you waste time thinking that you can control it, because you can’t. That’s why you’re here, remember?
No. Same thing. Presumably, the alcohol/drug/mind altering experience isn’t working anymore. It was fun for a while and it even helped you avoid some anxiety in difficult or unpleasant situations. But, that’s no longer the case and whatever the substance, it controls you, not the other way around. If you are not willing to give up other substances that interfere with the brain’s natural reward mechanism along with alcohol, you are not ready. We will be here when you are. Again, we can recommend someone for you to speak with who is trained to help you work through this phase of your addiction. We recommend you do so sooner than later. It will get worse.
Since GO SOBER™ is out-patient based, there is no need to miss weeks or months of work or interfere with important scheduled events. The complete program requires approximately 25 hours of on-site participation and a lifetime of accumulated wellness benefits. Your appointments can be scheduled at your convenience with discretion. Who you tell is up to you.
Once you’ve received treatment, you’ll no longer have a lingering compulsion to drink. However, several clients request monitoring and documentation as evidence of sustained sobriety for a variety of personal reasons (child custody, court order, spouse/family assurance, etc.). We offer voluntary, Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) monitoring via a portable device/smart phone combination. The phone generates text reminders to complete scheduled tests within specific timeframes. The device uses facial recognition software and GPS technology to generate verified reports establishing identity, location, date, time and BAC.
GO SOBER™ costs about the same as a DUI in California with a much better outcome, roughly $9,000.00. Because some clients require additional services we prefer to speak privately with each individual about their particular situation. Please contact GO SOBER™ directly or click here (link to Request Pricing) to request pricing. We think you’ll agree it’s the best investment you or anyone else could possibly make in you. It may even save your life.
No, not at this time. We accept personal checks and credit cards. We also offer 3rd party financing to help spread the cost of the program over time up to 12 months. Contact GO SOBER™ for details or click on the MedicalFinancing.com icon
All medications are safe, FDA approved prescription drugs for various applications and supplements developed to restore chemical imbalances causing cravings. We can provide you with information supplied by the individual manufacturers. Each medication and supplement has been rigorously tested for safety on humans.
Simple, we target the failure mechanism, first. We address the neuro-physiological mechanism undermining your ability stop drinking, then we support the brain’s natural reward mechanism. Without addressing the underlying cause it is exceedingly difficult to quit regardless of the program.
No. In fact, once your brain’s natural reward mechanism is restored and you are no longer distracted by cravings you are much better able to participate in and embrace the support of a life changing 12-step, faith based or other suitable support and behavior modification program.