Podcast Interview with Mae, from the Moderation Management Chat Room
Hear an interview with MM’s Chatroom Meeting Coordinator “Mae”. The interview is conducted by MM’s Director of Research And Awareness Projects, Donna Dierker. Mae currently facilitates the Monday Night Chat in the MM Chatroom (http://www.moderation.org/chat/); everyone is welcome! Mae has a history of work as a counselor in our public schools, and is currently building a professional practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) & Registered Play Therapist in San Antonio, TX. This is now the seventh Podcast produced by Moderation Management.
Hear Mae discuss how she came to Moderation Management, and discoveries made in the MM Chatroom.
SELF Magazine Story Featuring Moderation Management
SELF Magazine has a story (dated 7/16/2017) that features Moderation Management.|
Written by journalist Elizabeth Millard, the story is titled “What’s The Difference Between Being an Alcoholic and Just Really, Really Liking to Drink?”
The piece includes statements from the Moderation-Friendly Therapist Rebecca Block and Moderation Management founder and current Board of Directors member Marc Kern.
The article is a honest and powerful look at personal issues with alcohol, and how the author’s explorations of her own relationship with drinking lead to a resolution she could accept. (It’s a Moderation Management success story!)
Read the article here:
Chrome had a Security Change - Logins to *ABSTAR* may Fail!
GET THE PDF DOCUMENT that explains the Chrome Login Problem and the fix!|
Google’s Chrome is a wonderful browser; fast, powerful, and effective. We suggest that using Chrome for your Internet experience gives a level of security that is not met by other browsers. However, Chrome keeps changing the security environment of the browser, and we now have a problem- Our logins for *ABSTAR* have been failing in Chrome due to a problem with how Chrome treats Cookies.
(Note this problem affects MANY more websites than just ours! This fix can be applied to many other login problems with Chrome, including many popular ecommerce and banking websites.)
Cookies are small pieces of information that can be stored in your browser by a website. They are used to remember and manage logins. *ABSTAR* uses them for the initial login, and then to maintain security while you use the private *ABSTAR* website. Cookies are important. Unfortunately, Google's Chrome browser has decided that our Cookies are now blocked by default; users will have to ALLOW Chrome to use www.moderation.org and moderation.org cookies before *ABSTAR* logins will work properly.
This entire problem is explained on a page linked to the *ABSTAR* login page:
The PDF document that explains how to fix this (ALLOW Cookies for our website) can be found at:
Podcast Interview with Moderation Management’s Kurt S.
The sixth Podcast produced by Moderation Management, this interview is with MM’s Director of Information Technology Kurt S., interviewed by Donna Dierker. Along with his work as the Webmaster for Moderation Management, Kurt S. is also a meeting facilitator for the MM Inklings telephone meeting. In this interview, Kurt takes us into Moderation Management’s beginnings as the current organization, and then takes a leap into MM’s future. He also shares his own long history with Moderation Management, and the challenges he faced at his first meetings in NYC.
Hear Kurt S. talk about where MM came from, and where it may be going.
Podcast Interview with Moderation Management’s Beej Christie
The fifth Podcast produced by Moderation Management, this interview is with MM’s long-time Meeting Coordinator Beej Christie, interviewed by Katy Byrne. Along with her work for Moderation Management, Beej is also a therapist, professional musician, and meeting facilitator for the New York MM Meetings, and founder of the New York Woman’s meeting. Her discussion with Katy is “nuts and bolts”, with practical techniques for coming to terms both with alcohol and with your own psychology.
There were two external links mentioned in this podcast, to Beej Christie’s site: www.insightoutnyc.com, and to Katy Byrne's website, katybyrne.com.
Hear Beej Christie talk about core techniques for dealing with both alcohol and yourself.
Now Available: No Cost Moderation Treatment from Your Home!
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NIH-Funded Clinical Trial! NO COST online treatment!
Adaptive Interventions is a research study of brief, evidence-based treatments for reducing or stopping drinking. This no-cost study is provided in a private, 1-on-1 setting or via confidential televideo (no on-site visits required) and may help you get your drinking under control.
It is for individuals who experience problems with their drinking and wish to cut down or quit altogether. Individuals who enroll in this 6-month study receive brief interventions to reduce drinking to healthy levels in addition to five assessments to monitor their alcohol use. Treatment begins with one session of a brief intervention to decrease alcohol use and increases in intensity (ranging from 1 to 6 additional sessions of psychotherapeutic treatments) for participants who have difficulty reducing their drinking to healthy levels.
Podcast Interview with Author Katy Byrne
The fourth Podcast from Moderation Management, this interview is with the Author Katy Byrne, interviewed by Moderation Management's R.A.P. Director Donna Dierker. Katy's latest book is the “Courage To Speak Up”, available at Amazon.com.
Hear Katy Byrne talk about healing, managing difficult relationships, and better understanding ourselves.
Podcast - The Dryuary Experience
On the evening of February 3rd 2016, a discussion was held called “The Dryuary Experience” Dryuary participants explained what made Dryuary 2017 significant to them. If you are a Dryuary veteran or are considering taking the Dryuary Challenge next year, this can be an excellent introduction in the participant's own words.
Listen to the discussion, as we prepare for next year’s Dryuary 2018 event.
Esquire Magazine - How To Drink Less
The Esquire ‘lifestyle’ columnist Dave Holmes answers the question How To Drink Less. Dave replies to a letter from a reader about how to come to terms with an increasing appetite for alcohol. His recommendations include “taking a month off” (…consider a sober February…), spend the extra money, workout early, break the pattern to stop building bad habits with alcohol- and to check out Moderation Management. He also quotes “The Simpsons”. (Dave Holmes is wise.)
Read the article: http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/news/a52605/need-to-drink-less/
Podcast Interview with Just Plain Phil!
(MM Executive Director Larry Wahlers)
The second Podcast from Moderation Management, this interview is with ‘Just Plain Phil’ (a.k.a. Larry Wahlers, Executive Director of Moderation Management). Larry is interviewed by Author Katy Byrne, with MM R.A.P. Director Donna Dierker.
Hear Just Plain Phil remember Moderation Management's past as he prepares us for the future.
Interview with Mike Bassett
- Featured in the HBO Documentary Risky Drinking
Monica Richardson from BlogTalkRadio interviews Mike Bassett from his home in the Virgin Islands. Mike was featured in the recent HBO Documentary Risky Drinking. Along with an informative and spirited interview, Monica and Mike take a virtual tour of leading figures in the Harm Reduction community while they discuss the details of Mike’s continuing recovery.
Listen to this Audio Blog at BlogTalkRadio.com:
“Dear Prudence” From Slate.com Suggests MM
Popular Slate.com “Dear Prudence” columnist Mallory Ortberg suggested Moderation Management (along with AA, SMART Recovery & LifeRing) as a resource for a correspondent who was trying to resist holiday drinking. We have been mentioned by Slate.com on several occasions, and are grateful for their continued support.
Read this “Dear Prudence” column at:
December 19th 2016 on HBO- “Risky Drinking”
|The HBO Documentary on Drinking is complete! “Risky Drinking” will premire on HBO on December 19th 2016.|
Moderation Management is featured in this presentation.
MONDAY, DEC. 19 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 22nd (10:10 a.m., 11:50 p.m.),
Dec. 24th (1:15 p.m.),
Dec. 27th (5:15 p.m.),
Dec. 30th (3:00 p.m., 2:15 a.m.),
& Jan. 8th (1:35 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 21th (2:10 a.m.) & Dec. 24th (10:35 p.m.)
Interested in a summary of the program?Read The Futon Critic's Review:
Podcast Interview with Kary May Hickey!
The first Podcast from Moderation Management, this interview (held during our Tuesday ‘Expressions’ phone meeting) is with Kary May, the author of the new Amazon Kindle book:
Neighbor Kary May’s Handbook To Happily Drinking Less Or Not Drinking At All, Quite Happily: With The Help Of The Online Recovery Community
Listen and get the inside scoop on the creation of this, her first book.
|Neighbor Kary May’s Handbook To Happily Drinking Less Or Not Drinking At All, Quite Happily: With The Help Of The Online Recovery Community written by Kary May Hickey, is available as a Kindle Download for $6.99 - but FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited. Kary May is Moderation Management’s Program Director; this is her first book. From Amazon:|
“Decades ago there was only one organization to which a problem drinker could turn, and abstinence was the only solution. In the past 20 years or so several organizations, many of them primarily online, have risen up to successfully challenge this thinking. In fact, the medical community now has eschewed the term ‘alcoholic’ in favor of the more accurate ‘alcohol use disorder,’ or AUD.
Kary May has done a masterful job of surfing the Internet to find a large variety of these sites and organizations. With charm, wit, grace, and poignancy, she relates stories from her life and a few others, all in a light-hearted but seriously effective way that will captivate you and lead you to a truth you might not find easily on your own: victory over alcohol use disorder is not only possible, but very attainable, and she shares loads of resources to make it happen for you. Yes, you!
Purchase at Amazon.com- But Shop with a Smile!
|Take Control Now!, written by Marc Frederick Kern, Ph.D., with Lance Lenon, is now available as a Kindle Download for only $3.49! Dr. Kern is the Chairman of the Moderation Management Board of Directors, and one of our organization’s founders. Six easy-to-use chapters, filled with exercises, charts, and worksheets, will motivate you to take control of and conquer your unhealthy habits (both large and small). Drawing from many years of experience in his own clinical practice, Dr. Kern has developed a program that can help you replace old, unwanted behaviors with a new, satisfying, and rewarding lifestyle.|
From Amazon.com- But Shop with a Smile!
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.)
MM supporters are welcome to add comments! MP3 Audio downloads are available.
Our Forum Features Testimonials
and Keepers Posts!
Available to the Public; no login required.
(Forum Logins are free. To confuse spammers, you can register here with the Secret Name: Janet) 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?: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/23/393651417/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: http://www.fox21online.com/features/-Moderation-Management-Program-Helps-Heavy-Drinkers/31924272
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, 2009?2011. 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:
|The October 2014 edition of O, The Oprah Magazine includes a feature article about Moderation Management:|
Our sincere thanks to Oprah for again demonstrating her continuing interest in Moderation Management, and making our program known to her many supporters.
Passing of an MM’er - Farewell, Rudy
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.
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
|READ the health article Sobering Up, written by journalist Gabrielle Glaser, now available online! This article from the March 2014 Issue of "Reader’s Digest" features our own|
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.
Story featuring MM’s Chairman Marc Kern’s Practice
Alternatives Addiction Treatment (listed as 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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:
The MM Forum is Launched!
Visit the new MM Forum
The MM Forum features both public areas and subscriber-only content.
Come join in on the discussions -
Subscriber logins are free.
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 Moderate Drinking Website is Online!
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.
New MM Literature Available!
See our "MM Literature and Publications" page, with our latest trifold pamphlet.