As Economic Worries Hit Home, People Are ‘Hitting The Bottle’ In Growing Numbers Giving Rise To New Alcohol Treatment Programs, Such As Last Call

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A new at-home alcohol-prevention system called the Last Call Program is gaining attention amid rising unemployment, surging foreclosures and mounting bankruptcies.

The Last Call Program

The Last Call Program is an eight-week system that tackles both the educational, and more importantly, the chemical root cause of alcohol abuse in the body and brain – all from the comfort of home.

We are certainly very encouraged with our 84 percent success rate, and the system’s potential to help many more people who want to address their alcohol issues in the privacy of their own home.

A new at-home alcohol-prevention system called the Last Call Program is gaining attention amid rising unemployment, surging foreclosures and mounting bankruptcies. The self-directed, eight-week, home-based program is finding a growing market, as alcohol consumption continues to rise during these harsh economic times, according to a report published in Health Economics.

“A recession may indicate less available money to buy alcohol," says Henry Wechsler, PhD, who lectures at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "However, the downturn brings with it increased unemployment and stress, and may indicate more available time to drink and fewer competing activities with drinking."

Developed by Dr. Frank Gibson, who founded the largest integrative medical clinic of its kind called in 1991, the Last Call Program is designed to dramatically reduce alcohol consumption by tackling cravings at the chemical level in an individual’s mind and body through supplementation.

“The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) says that 16 million Americans are dependent on, or abuse alcohol, while only one million seek help of any kind,” Dr. Gibson points out. “Obviously, that means a staggering 15 million people are basically out in the cold with precious few options.”

Dr. Gibson says those options most typically include checking themselves into a rehab center, spending tens of thousands, and losing time at work while living in fear that others will find out. “They could also join very public organization, where their issues are discussed in front of a group. This is wonderful for some people, and works great, while others dismiss the notion out of hand.”

According to Dr. Gibson, The Last Call Program incorporates two all-natural supplements – Sobrexa and Kalmaro – which address the chemical side of an person’s alcohol cravings. He said Sobrexa was formulated to reduce excessive cravings of alcohol, while Kalmaro was designed to lesson withdraw symptoms.

“Client receives nine bottles in liquid dropper form, and are instructed to consume the entire contents over the 8-week program,” he says. “In case people may be wondering, it does not make alcohol taste horrible, and there have been no known or reported side effects in over a decade of use.”

In one study conducted by Access Health Partners, 1136 individuals were put on the Last Call Program, and were monitored after six months, and again after 12 months. Of the 1136 people who took part in the study, 955 participants reported that the program worked with 100 percent success, ending their cravings and the urges to over drink. “We are certainly very encouraged with our 84 percent success rate, and the system’s potential to help many more people who want to address their alcohol issues in the privacy of their own home,” added Dr. Gibson.

“Look, we believe, and research indicates, there are two categories of drinkers,” he said. “One group that has absolutely no issues drinking socially, and controlling their consumption, while the other group seems to experience a gradual chemical shift in their bodies and minds… turning the controlled social drinker into the problem drinker. We want to return those people to the first group, if they still want to have an occasional drink at all.”

Probably one of the most striking differences between Last Call and other programs is the fact that people are still allowed to drink socially after completing the system. As one graduate of the program said who didn’t want her named used for this story, “I knew I was heading for trouble when I started choosing restaurants by the wine list. The program worked for me, and I still enjoy an occasional glass of wine, but I’m no longer obsessed with drinking.”

Dr. Gibson stresses that the Last Call Program, which can be reviewed in detail at http://downtoearthvideo.com/, was not created to compete with other programs or church groups. “On the contrary, if somebody is part of church group or other type of program, we totally encourage and applaud that participation. Our goal is to focus on the chemical side of a person’s addiction, while providing plenty of education and support. We’ll let others focus on the spiritual side.”

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