Statement Re: Audrey Kishline's fatal MVA from addiction clinicians, researchers, and scholars - circa 8/2000
As scholars and long-time observers or participants in the alcohol
problems field, we express our sincere sorrow at the loss of life in the tragic
automobile crash in which Audrey Kishline was involved.
Ms. Kishline was the founder of a mutual-help group, Moderation Management, which differed from other groups in supporting participants in choosing and pursuing either of two goals, moderate drinking or abstinence. In January 2000, months before the tragic crash, Ms. Kishline announced that she was changing her personal goal to abstinence, leaving Moderation Management, and planning to attend other mutual-help groups, explicitly mentioning, among others, Alcoholics Anonymous.
That Ms. Kishline was intoxicated at the time of the crash has been claimed to indicate the failure of the approach of one or another of the mutual-help groups Ms. Kishline has attended.
Such claims are not in accord with everyday experience in the field, in which relapse is common, whichever approach the drinker adopts. Recovery from serious alcohol problems is a difficult goal, and there are different paths to it.
We believe that the approach represented by Alcoholics Anonymous and that represented by Moderation Management are both needed.