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BOOZE GOES ON MENU AT FAMED CELEB REHAB CLINIC

 Ikimulisa Sockwell-Mason and Jessica Graham; New York Post; 2000-07-06. Posted: 2001-01-27; Modified: 2006-03-04.
[Identifier: http://www.doctordeluca.com/Documents/ADD_MED_Trash.htm]
 
See also:
The Abstinence vs. Harm Reduction Follies of Summer 2000 - OR: Addiction Medicine Shoots Itself in the Foot, Again

Date:         Thu, 6 Jul 2000 20:25:30 EDT
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From:         Herb Peyser MD <HSPeyserMD@AOL.COM>
Subject:      Does any body know about this?

The famed Smithers rehab clinic - where many hot and high celebrities have gone to kick their bad habits - is hopping on a different wagon called Moderation Management.

Once known for it's rigid program of alcohol abstinence for life, Smithers is now offering drinkers recovery that allows an occasional martini, white wine or beer, this week's New York magazine reports.

 Manhattan's West Side Smithers Addiction Treatment and Research Center has had a number of star clients - including Joan Kennedy, Truman Capote 
and baseball stars Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden -  immerse themselves in its strict 12-step program.

But now, after decades of following Alcoholics Anonymous' guidelines of abstinence, center counselors have eased the rules.

The 12 steps have been cut down to nine, according to New York magazine, and Smithers counselors have adopted a more touchy-feely approach to recovery.

The MM program allows women members nine drinks a week and men up to 14.

For dedicated AA members the very idea of drinking is "stupid."

A woman emerging from a packed AA meeting on Manhattan's East Side yesterday said, "All it takes is one drink to take you right back from where you were.

"I've tried moderation and I ended up back in rehab," she said. "As much as many of us would like to believe that we could go back to one or two drinks, 
you can't."

A 29-year-old woman, who was at the same meeting, claimed "There's no such thing as moderation. The ones who sit there and say they can do it are the ones 
that have relapses."

Dr. Alex DeLuca, chief of addiction at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, told New York that Smithers is changing its approach because the traditional methods don't 
work for everyone.

More than 50 volunteer-run groups following MM have sprouted in the last few years.

The change in rehab doctrine is one that's gathered support in recent years. It's also garnered its share of critics.

One of them is Audrey Kishline, who in 1993 founded a national group promoting moderate drinking for problem drinkers. Last March, she was allegedly driving drunk when her car slammed into another vehicle, killing a man and his daughter.

Kishline, 43, goes on trial for vehicular homicide in September. Through her lawyer, she recently stated that Moderation Management "is nothing but alcoholics covering up their problem."

Paul Wood, former president of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, calls moderation for alcoholics "a deadly piece of advice."

"If you are an alcoholic, you can't drink," he said.

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From the NY Post! -- Herb Peyser

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Date:         Sat, 8 Jul 2000 09:49:12 EDT
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From:         Gary Stofle <Stofle@AOL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Does any body know about this?

Herb,
It's true about Smithers moving to Moderation Management from what I've
heard.  It's a shame.  A recent news article said Audrey Kishline plead guilty to 
vehicular manslaughter and will be sentenced August 11th.  She could get life 
imprisonment.  That's a shame as well.

Gary Stofle

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Date:         Sat, 8 Jul 2000 16:21:16 +0200
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From:         Robin Room <Robin.Room@SORAD.SU.SE>
Subject:      Does any body know about this?


My understanding (from postings on another list) is that Smithers is moving
to INCLUDE moderation as an optional goal.  That's a bit different from
"moving to Moderation Management".

Two months before the auto crash which killed two people, Kishline
publicly announced that she was leaving MM, adopting a goal of abstinence,
and joining AA and two other mutual-help groups.

It seems inappropriate to use this tragedy as evidence against any of
the mutual-help groups Kishline had been involved with.  

Robin Room

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Date:         Sat, 8 Jul 2000 15:25:27 EDT
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From:         Herb Peyser MD <HSPeyserMD@AOL.COM>
Subject:      Smithers


Gary-
My guess is that it is money.  Roosevelt (of St Luke's-Roosevelt) has
been in problematic financial shape, has been taken into the Beth Israel
network (one of the three NYC networks), closed down its rehab on the Upper
East Side, and is pressured to get business, any bodies, regardless.  2,000
yrs ago it was 30 pieces of silver.  Much inflation since.

Here's a letter from the widow.

-Herb

Subject:  Smithers Foundation response

Adele Smithers-Fornaci, president of the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation
has asked me to forward the following letter to you regarding the drastic
changes at The Smithers Alcoholism Treatment and Training Center at
St.Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Please share this with your colleagues. (BTW,
The Christopher D. Smithers Foundation has nothing to do with the treatment
center bearing the Smithers' name!!)

If you are unfamiliar with the story, here there links to three related stories that 
broke this week.

If you have any problems with the links, send me an email and I will paste-in the stories.

Original story in the July 10, 2000 issue of New York Magazine which hit
the newsstands on Monday, July 3, 2000 
http://www.newyorkmag.com/page.cfm?page_id=3485

New York Post story, which ran on Monday, July 3, 2000
http://www.nypost.com/news/32168.htm

New York column by Susan Konig, which ran on Wednesday, July 5, 2000
http://www.nypost.com/commentary/32325.htm

-- Neil Scott, Alliance for Recovery

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