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CASPIR is a research lab in Great Neck, NY that conducts studies on helping people reduce their alcohol use using in-person and technology based interventions. We are launching a new study which is a telehealth adaptation of and in-person psychotherapy study. It is a study of brief treatments for problem drinking for individuals who would like to reduce their drinking but not quit altogether. Study treatments comprise 4 sessions of psychotherapy in the first 8 weeks. Participants are also asked to complete 7 research assessments over the course of 9 months and an online daily survey for a total of 7 weeks throughout the course of the study.
Participation in this research study requires no on-site visits. All assessments and therapy are conducted via videoconference.
Introduction to MM for Problem Drinkers
Stltoday.com (Saint Louis Today), a major website for the Missouri city, has published a Guest Post in Kate Lovelady's blog: Guest Post - Problem Drinking: Sorting Fact from Faith by our own Donna Dierker, Moderation Management's Director of Research & Awareness Projects. In this post, Donna attempts (and to a large degree might succeed) to sum up the entirety of Moderation Management's program from the viewpoint of a problem drinker coming to us for help. This single article may be the easiest way to explain Moderation Management to interested people.
Reading Donna's post is one thing. Understanding it is another:
New Reason for Rethinking Drinking
The largest paper in Southern Minnesota printed this opinion piece about changing perceptions in alcohol therapy:
Our view: Study a new reason for rethinking drinking.
The article discusses the NIAAA moderation program, Rethinking Drinking. The piece is based on the NIAAA's reaction to a study in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association): Epidemiology of DSM-5 Alcohol Use Disorder
Results From the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions III, by Bridget F. Grant, PhD; Risė B. Goldstein, PhD, MPH; Tulshi D. Saha, PhD; S. Patricia Chou, PhD; Jeesun Jung, PhD; Haitao Zhang, PhD; Roger P. Pickering, MS; W. June Ruan, MA; Sharon M. Smith, PhD; Boji Huang, MD, PhD; and Deborah S. Hasin, PhD. The basic topic involves the DSM diagnosis manual's change in Alcohol Disorders from specific diseases to a spectrum from acute to mild, and the effect of this change in practice.
This paper sums up its conclusion in a brutal but effective paragraph that states the extent of the mission Moderation Management has assumed:
Alcohol use disorder defined by DSM-5 criteria is a highly prevalent, highly comorbid, disabling disorder that often goes untreated in the United States. The NESARC-III data indicate an urgent need to educate the public and policy makers about AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder) and its treatment alternatives, to destigmatize the disorder, and to encourage those who cannot reduce their alcohol consumption on their own, despite substantial harm to themselves and others, to seek treatment.
The Post Bulletin article is at:
Addiction.com Story: Beyond Abstinence
See this article: A New Definition of Recovery: Beyond Abstinence, by Kendal Patterson. This includes an interview with our Dr. Marc Kern, and a full link to Moderation.org. (Dr. Kern is the Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors.) Note that the topic includes all forms of addictive behavior- Not just alcohol. Supporting research for this article is from a recent paper: What does recovery mean to you? Lessons from the recovery experience for research and practice, by Alexandre B. Laudet, PhD. This research paper goes far beyond alcohol, but applies science to reach many of the same conclusions as those we have already observed.
The Addiction.com article is at:
Audio & Article about Changing Views of Alcohol
Hear or read a story on KPCC Radio, 89.3FM Los Angeles:
Researchers: Offering an alternative to strict sobriety could entice more to rehab featuring Dr. Adi Jaffe of Alternatives, the Los Angeles practice of Dr. Marc Kern. (Dr. Kern is the Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors.) The transcript speaks of moderation but we know what they mean; the Stanford Paper discussed is Moderation Management: A Mutual-Help Organization for Problem Drinkers Who Are Not Alcohol-Dependent, by Anna Lembkea & Keith Humphreys.
The audio link and transcript are linked here:
March 2015 Glamour Magazine Article
||Am I an Alcoholic? How to Tell if You're Drinking Too Much
The Jury Verdict is In:|
This article presents a candid and unvarnished look at uncontrolled drinking, brought under control by self-resolve and a process that is simiar to our program. Moderation Management (in lower case) is mentioned in the article. A startling piece of modern journalism for a magazine called Glamour.
St. Louis MM Featured in local TV Story!
Can the moderation movement help alcohol drinkers?
Seen in the St. Louis area on 5/13/2015, this Fox2Now story aired on KTVI TV. It features MM members Shannon and Donna Dierker from the St. Louis MM Meeting. Watch the segment now:
Spring Issue Available of Day Thirty One,
the Newsletter of Moderation Management
||Enjoy our 12 page Spring Issue as our Springtime Gift to you. Moderation Management is pleased to announce a new issue of our Quarterly Newsletter. Day Thirty One, the Newsletter of Moderation Management. There are many articles of interest to both our supporters and curious individuals. Sign up for a subscription or ask for a single copy today.|
KQED Radio Show features Moderation Management
Paul Staley, from our Oakland MM meeting, presented a profile of his experience with Moderation Management in a segment called Perspectives on KQED, a NPR Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area radio station at 88.5FM. (...the most-listened to public radio station in the United States.)
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(Forum Logins are free. To confuse spammers, you can register here with the Secret Name: Martha) Our moderated Testimonial and Keepers sections represent some of the struggles, successes, and life experiences of our membership.
Moderation Management In The News
Moderation Management has again caught the attention of the media. A recent series of articles and presentations feature our organization, and are helping us promote our message, and programs.
National Public Radio - Morning Edition on Monday, March 23rd 2015 featured Moderation Management in a radio report. This includes an interview with our own Donna Dierker; a transcript is available on the web page. The audio segment is called Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?:
Fox TV News, their broadcast news unit, did a Focus On Health segment that presented MM's program as an alternative to traditional 12-step abstinence programs. Again, this featured our own Dr. Marc Kern. The video clip (with transcript) is titled Moderation Management Program Helps Heavy Drinkers:
The British paper The Guardian has a feature article on MM which also discusses our popular Oakland California MM Meeting. The next AA? Welcome to Moderation Management, where abstinence from alcohol isn't the answer:
The Fix has a new story on us, Moderation Management Gives Drinkers an Alternative to AA:
Air Talk, an NPR radio show from Los Angeles, had a discussion about MM featuring Dr. Marc Kern, Chairman of the MM Board of Directors titled Alcohol abusers seek solace in resurgence of Moderation Management Network. Listen online; a download is available once you click the Play link:
Moderation Management offers support to mainstream media seeking to do stories about the growth of our program through our Media Group. Contact them at:
Major new CDC Study Redefines Prevalence of Alcoholism
A new study just released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) validates what we have known all along- that the vast majority of problem drinkers cannot be defined as alcoholics. The study is titled Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence Among US Adult Drinkers, 20092011. This is a strong validation of our program from a major public health authority. The study was announced in an article from the Washington Post.
Read the Washington Post article at:
And get your copy of the CDC study here:
Passing of an MM'er - Farewell, Rudy
Reader's Digest Article is Online!
Moderation Management invites all interested persons to celebrate the life and achievements of Mr. Rudy Hoeltzel. Rudy was one of us. He came to the program as any other participant and found a cause he truly believed in. Many people may know Rudy as the author of our popular "Steps of Change" document, and as a co-author of "Responsible Drinking". He also founded and led the Morristown New Jersey MM Meeting for over ten years.
Rudy has an extensive remembrance and obituary on our Memorial Page. To send remembrances to his family go to www.finnertyandstevens.com. If Rudy has had an influence in your life, we invite you to leave a memory here.
Story featuring MM's Chairman Marc Kern's Practice
Oprah Hearts MM!
Alternatives Addiction Treatment
(A Moderation-Friendly therapist) was featured in a recent
article in the national Jewish Journal. The article asks "Can moderation join abstinence as an addiction therapy?", and uses Dr. Adi Jaffe from Marc Kern's "Alternatives" practice, along with MM Therapist Dr. Mark Sobell, as a way to answer the question.
NY Times story featuring an MM Therapist
The Center for Motivation and Change
(A Moderation-Friendly therapist) was featured in a New York Times article by Gabrielle Glaser, published July 3 2014. The Center's approach using motivational interviewing and harm reduction therapy is discussed as new tools for treating individual and family issues. Contact: CMC Center for Motivation and Change 276 Fifth Ave, Suite 1101, NYC (212) 683-3339
Please Help MM Support Research Requests
Interested in joining OTHER studies?
We have a new Listserv to support research requests:
This group consists of self-selected individuals who are willing to accept requests from researchers looking for research participants. These researchers must first apply for and be approved by Moderation Management; research requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psychology Today article featuring MM!
In "How to Disappear Completely", MM member Kelsey Osgood discusses her experiences battling anorexia and challenges with alcohol as a participant in the Moderation Management program.
Moderation Management announces
our new Chairman of the MM Board of Directors
Moderation Management welcomes Dr. Marc Kern as our new Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors
Our thanks also to our outgoing Chairman, Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, who guided the Moderation Management Board of Directors for over a decade and continues as an active board member.
See our Who We Are page.
NPR Interviews Gabrielle Glaser
"New Thinking On Women And Alcohol"
Journalist Gabrielle Glaser was interviewed on January 20th on the NPR show "Here & Now". Moderation Management is featured in this interview! A podcast (Download with this link, 6.26mb) of this interview can be downloaded from the NPR website at:
(The webpage's comments are well worth reading.)
New York Times Op-Ed Piece
"Cold Turkey Isn't the Only Route"
Renowned journalist Gabrielle Glaser has written a controversial Op-Ed for the New York Times, describing moderation as an acceptable solution for lifestyle problems with alcohol. Please take some time to read the comments and understand that, although we have come far, there is still a long way to go.
The MM Store is now open at Cafe Press!
The new Moderation Management store
is now open at Cafe Press.
MM-Branded items are available.
Visit at: www.cafepress.com/modmgmt
Moderation Management also recieves a significant donation from each sale.
New Studies show acceptance
of Moderation Options by Therapists
Two new studies, just released, show the therapeutic community has a high degree of acceptance for moderation therapies.
They are available as abstracts for free; full text PDF's are available for a fee. National Institute of Health:
And the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment:
The full text of these articles are available as either a subscription or a paid fee- $11.95 and $31.50. But the abstracts effectively summarize the results- Moderation therapies appear to be becoming a mainstream option for traditional addiction treatment practitioners.
New Book Announced by Stanton Peele
"Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The PERFECT Program"
Written by Stanton Peele and Ilse Thompson, the book will be generally available on February 4th 2014. Pre-orders are taken at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1cOb4Y9.
Dr. Peele has long been a powerful advocate for Moderation therapies, and a good friend of Moderation Management.
New Podcast, featuring our Dr. Marc Kern
Dr. Adi Jaffe and Dr. Marc Kern (an MM Founder and member of the Moderation Management Board of Directors) join Dr. Drew for a discussion about addiction and the slightly different ways that they approach recovery and management of the disease. Later they take calls from listeners on opiate addiction, methamphetamine dependency turning to alcohol dependency and why the body has THC receptors.
Their wide-ranging discussion includes Moderation Management, Dr. Kern's book (co-author) Responsible Drinking, and a doctor's perspective on addiction and recovery.
New Research Paper Released, featuring MM
"Moderation Management: A Mutual-Help Organization for Problem
Drinkers Who Are Not Alcohol-Dependent"
Written By: Anna Lembkea & Keith Humphreys
Published in: Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery
Volume 7, Issue 2-4, 2012
Special Issue: Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual Support Groups: Bringing Theory and Science to Contemporary Trends
Download your Free Copy from:
Major Industry Award
For "Responsible Drinking"
The Association for Behavorial
and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
has presented the
"ABCT Self-Help Book of Merit Award"
to the MM Workbook
on October 1st 2010.
As an ABCT Award Winner,
the publishers now have the right
to add a commemorative seal to
future printings of this important book.
The MM Forum is Launched!
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The Moderate Drinking Website
Dr. Reid Hester has generously donated all profits from the program to Moderation Management.
The Moderate Drinking program is evidence-based,
so consider giving it a try to improve your chances of success.
Direct link to this new resource: www.moderatedrinking.com.
The Drinker's Checkup
Wondering about your drinking? If you are unsure aboiut changing your drinking, consider this program by Dr. Reid Hester, a member of our MM Board of Directors.
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