Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Moderation Management Manslaughter...

...And other deciding factors in choosing help for your drinking problem. If you've progressed to the stage in your addiction where you're looking for help, congratulations! You're ahead of the pack. There are many flavors of programs out there to choose from, ranging from the religious/spiritual to the atheistic, from alcohol to cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, narcotics, from total abstinence to moderation/manslaughter.

Novice disclaimer: I'm writing this on my 58th day of sobriety. This is my opinion at this point in time.

That being said, why would you ask for help from a program founded by a person charged with intoxicated vehicular manslaughter? Given the history of Audrey Kishline, I don't think she should be given car keys, much less starting organizations and writing books dictating to others how to moderate one's drinking. Moderation Management is purportedly changing tack to "revive" their organization in order to assist even more alcoholics drink responsibly, following in their founder's footsteps. You too can surround yourself with people to help you deny your problem until you kill a few innocent people while driving the wrong way on a highway with a blood alcohol level of 0.26. (I should talk; that was my DWI BAC, but then the only advice I'm selling alcoholics is abstinence.)

In order to familiarize yourself with the incident, please read the original Seattle Times June 17, 2000 article (registration required), a related article, or this biased blurb. Of interest is Moderation Management's response to this firestorm.

I don't recommend Moderation Management. If you think you have a drinking problem, go to an A.A. meeting and speak to people who know they have a drinking problem. It really can't hurt...really!


Fenris_Ulf said...

Time will tell how well her program works.... I would bet against.

Holly Goes said...

Well, I decided Moderation Management wasn't for me when I found out that moderation, for a woman, was no more than nine drinks per week. I need nine drinks to get ready to go out drinking. I'll stick to AA, thanks.