Problems with alcohol can take many forms. When problem drinking creates issues an individual either wants or needs to address, they have a few options to consider. The most well-known model of recovery from problems with alcohol is the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, whose end goal is total abstinence from alcohol. For some, that approach seems either too extreme or entirely unrealistic.
Moderation Management (MM) takes a different approach. Rather than requiring complete abstinence, those practicing MM attempt to reduce their consumption of alcohol and problematic behaviors associated with their alcohol use with the support of a community. It is an individualized program that allows problem drinkers to attempt a healthier relationship with alcohol. By looking at one’s relationship with alcohol in a supportive environment, problem drinkers can determine for themselves what is working, what is not, and how to proceed in the future to create a healthier relationship with alcohol.
A therapist who understands the goals of MM can be an asset in achieving both short-term and long-term goals of those who seek to moderate their drinking. A compassionate and empathetic therapist who understands the values and mission of MM is imperative to building the supportive network necessary to address one’s issues with alcohol.