Moderation Management <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [ModerationManagement] Announcement from Audrey
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 13:36:20 -0700
Everyone, fellow MMers,
have made the decision recently to change my recovery goal to
one of abstinence, rather than moderation.
you all know, Moderation Management is a program for beginning
stage problem drinkers who want to cut back OR quit drinking.
MM provides moderate drinking limits based on research, and a
fellowship of members who work the program's steps together.
Some of our members have been able to stay within healthy
limits, some have not. Those who acknowledge they cannot stay
within moderate guidelines have always been encouraged to move
on to an abstinence based program.
I am now following a different path, and to strengthen my
sobriety I am attending Alcoholics Anonymous, but will also
attend Women for Sobriety and SMART Recovery. I am sure I can
learn much from all of these fine programs.
Initial results from a National Institutes of Health funded
study on MM out of Stanford University show that indeed members
of MM are highly educated, have jobs, families, and most of
their resources are in tact. It is also very unlikely that they
would define themselves as "alcoholic" and in fact
shun any program that would label them as such. But they are
concerned about their drinking. They are attracted to MM because
they know they will be allowed to take responsibility for making
their own choice of recovery goals.
For many, including myself, MM is a gateway to abstinence. Seven
years Ago I would not have accepted abstinence. Today, because
of MM, I do. Whether abusive drinking is a disease or a learned
behavior does not matter. If you drink too much and this is
causing problems in your life, you need to do something about
it. We're intelligent people, but sometimes
we need to quit debating in our heads, and look at what's in our
you, like myself, find eventually that you cannot stay within
our guidelines there is no shame in admitting this. In fact it
is a success.
A big success, because you have found through our program what
you need To do to really live life to its fullest. As Dr. Ernest
Kurtz, one of the foremost experts on AA who wrote the forward
to our handbook, once predicted "MM will one day refer more
people to AA than any other program."
He may be right!
My heartfelt best wishes to each and every one of you as you
Your own recovery goal.