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One Little Pill is a documentary film about the use of generic medications (primarily naltrexone, but also nalmefene) for treating and curing alcoholics. The primary focus is on The Sinclair Method, which pairs these medications with continued drinking. It was produced by Zard Productions as a film project for the C Three Foundation and released on Vimeo and VHX for On Demand viewing in October 2014. As of August 2015, DVD-R copies are also available.[1][2][3]

One Little Pill[1]
One Little Pill Official Movie Poster.jpg
Directed byAdam Schomer[1]
Produced byAdam Schomer
Claudia Christian
Written byAdam Schomer
Narrated byClaudia Christian[1]
Music byMichael Mollura
CinematographyScott Mathias Chrisman
Edited byBarry Rubinow
Zard Productions
i2i Productions
Release date
  • August 23, 2014 (2014-08-23) (HollyShorts Film Festival)
  • October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States


One Little Pill is a documentary film about The Sinclair Method of treating alcohol abuse.[2] The film follows the lives of several people who have suffered from alcoholism, and have been helped by the treatment. Perspectives from scientists, treatment centers, doctors, and a legal prosecutor are also presented.

Claudia comes across as really down to earth and wanting to help others, and helps bring the different elements of the film together. This certainly makes a welcome change, to celebrities going on about the 12 step solution.

— Michael D (Lovinglife52)[4]

The film describes the application of opioid blockers (naltrexone or nalmefene) as an alternative to help alcohol addicts in place of other more mainstream solutions such as 12-step plans, a regimen also known as "The Sinclair Method." The treatment is claimed by the C Three Foundation to have a 78% success rate in remedying alcohol dependence.[2][5]:p. 293 Naltrexone is FDA approved for use in the United States. In 2013/4 the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) approved nalmefene for use as part of the NHS National Services Scotland.[2] Some studies have shown the treatment to be effective in reducing the urge to drink.[6][7]

The treatment is described in the film as follows: a single dosage of taking a naltrexone is taken one hour before drinking alcohol, but not on other occasions. Over the following months, most users will begin to drink alcohol less frequently or in smaller quantities. Usually after 3 to 4 months (but occasionally 15 months), successful practitioners are no longer addicted; some people give up drinking alcohol altogether, while others become social drinkers. If they choose to continue to drink, the patients have to continue taking the drug as needed for life. Therapy may optionally also be used.[2][5][8]


In July 2014 the first sale of the documentary was announced. YLE TV Finland showed the film in March 2015 and the film page received more than 14,000 views.[9][10]
A special showing of the film occurred on August 23, 2014 at the HollyShorts Film Festival.[11][12]
Purchase and rental of the move via Video on Demand was announced in September 2014.[2]


The executive producers Adam Schomer and Claudia Christian financed the film by a campaign on the crowd funding website Indiegogo,[1] with additional finance from Fundly, general donations and special fund raisers. The film was made by the C Three Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by actress Claudia Christian. She is a proponent of the Sinclair method, which she credits for saving her life in 2009.[5][13]

See alsoEdit

  • Naltrexone for a more in depth coverage of this treatment.


  1. ^ a b c d e "One Little Pill". Indiegogo. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "One Little Pill - C3 Foundation". C Three Foundation. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  3. ^ Garry B. "Exciting news: One Little Pill now an IndieGogo campaign!". Naltrexone Confidential. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Michael D (Lovinglife52). "One Little Pill (review)". Recovering from Recovery. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Claudia Christian; Morgan Grant Buchanan; Dr. Roy Eskapa (2012). Babylon Confidential (First ed.). BenBella Books, Inc. pp. Afterword. ISBN 978-1-937856-06-9.
  6. ^ John David Sinclair (January 1, 2001). "Evidence about the use of naltrexone and for different ways of using it in the treatment of alcoholism". Alcohol and Alcoholism. 36 (1): 2–10. doi:10.1093/alcalc/36.1.2. PMID 11139409. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Contral Clinic treatment FAQ". Archived from the original on December 19, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "C3 About The Sinclair Method". Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Post on July 7, 2014". Facebook - One Little Pill. One Little Pill Documentary. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "YLE TV August 8, 2015". YLE TV. Areena TV. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "HollyShorts Festival Genius - One Little Pill". HollyShorts Film Festival. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Cynthia Griffing (September 2, 2014). "Hollyshorts to Embark on a New Decade!". The Hollywood Times. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  13. ^ "C3 Foundation website". C Three Foundation. Retrieved December 22, 2013.

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