Log Your Progress With TSM
Keeping A Drinking Log Can Be A Great Help
Using TSM compliantly, around 80% of people will experience an overall reduction in drinking levels but progress does take time. There are likely to be moments when you question how successful you are with this method.
When drinking reduces, there are often major life changes which are very helpful in maintaining motivation. For example, waking up regularly without a hangover, improved relationships with family members and increased disposable income because the cost of alcohol to the wallet is reduced. In the short term though, these effects may not be instantly felt, and in the long term, they can become things that are taken for granted.
A really useful tool is the drinking log produced by the C3 Foundation which can be found here. Following the simple instructions this allows you to build a week-by-week record of your drinking levels so that you can see progress over time. The power of this in maintaining motivation can't be overstated.
An additional benefit to maintaining a drink diary is it provides evidence of your progress to show your physician and encourage him/her to further support you in using TSM and issuing repeat prescriptions for nalmefene/naltrexone.
Please Note: There may be weeks where your drinking increases for any variety of reasons. It is therefore better to use this record to give an overall impression of drinking reduction rather than expecting a lessening every single week. It is also possible that you will reach a level where you deem your drinking to be satisfactory and at that stage you may find a leveling out. Remember you must keep taking your medication before drinking even when you reach this level so that you don't undo your progress.