Suggested Reading for Kickstart Moderation Month

In a world in which complete abstinence from alcohol has been the prevailing solution for anyone who is worried about their drinking, it can be difficult to find literature that supports a person’s desire to “cut down.” No worries! We’ve done the searching for you! We’ve even written a couple of books of our own!

Responsible Drinking: MM’s Handbook


Moderation Management’s Handbook is the only book with research-based techniques that will help non-alcoholic readers overcome their drinking problems. Fundamental reading for anyone who is serious about changing their relationship with alcohol.

Moderate Drinking Success Stories and Lessons Learned: Tales from the MM Community

Looking for inspiration? In this collection and guide, MM members share their struggles and triumphs and how they found the right path for them with the support of the MM community. What worked for them, could work for you.

The Freedom Model

Do you want an addiction – a lifelong diagnosis – or do you want to see yourself as having a habit that you can solve completely? Your answer tells you if The Freedom Model for Addictions is the answer you have been looking for.

The Freedom Model debunks the addiction disease concept as well as the idea that “recovery” is needed after you’ve decided to abstain or moderate your use. Much of the content within the book may surprise you, maybe even shock you. 

Our experience of researching drug and alcohol use and helping thousands with these issues for more than 30 years tells us people desire to be completely free from addiction. They also want to be free from the idea of being “in recovery” just as much. Neither of these options: addiction or recovery – have held great favor with the masses. In fact, the vast majority of people with drug and alcohol problems (more than 90%) don’t go to treatment nor do they enter the subculture of “recovery.” They simply move past their addictions, and they do so without any treatment whatsoever. Did you know that? 

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward

This groundbreaking book offers simple self-assessments, informative case histories, and concrete examples to help clarify each stage and process. Whether your goal is to start saving money, to stop drinking, or to end other self-defeating or addictive behaviors, this revolutionary program will help you implement positive personal change . . . for life.

Changing to Thrive: Using the Stages of Change to Overcome the Top Threats to Your Health and Happiness

If you or someone you know is struggling to make positive change in life, you may want to pick up James and Janice Prochaska’s newest book, Changing to Thrive. James Prochaska, eminent psychologist and founder of the Cancer Prevention Research Center, and Janice Prochaska-both experts in health behavior change-have written a compassionate and informative book for helping people move from being uncommitted to making change all the way to taking action for change and beyond. The Prochaskas’ program has been relatively successful, according to research, often reaching people who might otherwise give up. […] For those who need a boost in getting started on a healthier lifestyle, this book may be just the one for you.” – Jill Suttie, Greater Good 

Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health

A world-renowned authority on the science of alcohol exposes its influence on our health, mood, sleep, emotions, and productivity — and what we can and should do to moderate our intake.From after-work happy hour to a nightly glass of wine, we’re used to thinking of alcohol as a normal part of our daily lives. In Drink?, neuropharmacology professor David Nutt takes a fascinating, science-based look at drinking to unpack why we should reconsider our favorite pastime.

Recover: Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life With the PERFECT Program

For decades you’ve been told that addiction is an irreversible disease, a biological force over which you have no control. That defeatist message not only is without scientific foundation, but actually prevents your overcoming addiction. Now, world-renowned addiction expert Stanton Peele demystifies addiction and offers a groundbreaking program that puts at your disposal what does work in treatment and recovery. 

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven to Build Good Habits And Break Bad Ones

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

Neighbor Kary May’s Handbook to Happily Drinking Less or Not Drinking At All, Quite Happily: With the support of the online recovery community.

“Decades ago there was only one organization to which a problem drinker could turn, and abstinence was the only solution. In the past 20 years or so several organizations, many of them primarily online, have risen up to successfully challenge this thinking. In fact, the medical community now has eschewed the term “alcoholic” in favor of the more accurate “alcohol use disorder,” or AUD.

Kary May (aka Mary Reid) has done a masterful job of surfing the Internet to find a large variety of these sites and organizations. With charm, wit, grace, and poignancy, she relates stories from her life and a few other, all in a light-hearted but seriously effective way that will captivate you and lead you to a truth you might not find easily on your own: victory over alcohol use disorder is not only possible, but very attainable, and she shares loads of resources to make it happen for you. Yes, you!

30 Days Sober

30 Days Sober: A Companion Guide to Taking A Break From Alcohol

Written by a Moderation Management member, this book is a great guide for participants who have decided to abstain from alcohol during the 30 day Kickstart Moderation program or who are considering a 30 day abstinent period in the future.

Breaking the Bottle Legacy

MM’s Steps Of Change

It is much easier to build on success than build back up from failure.

A free downloadable PDF, The MM Steps of Change break the change process down into a number of smaller, more manageable steps, in order to build confidence. The order in which you undertake these steps isn’t critical, but it’s a good idea to spend at least a little time working with each of them. The Guide To Moderation Management’s Steps of Change provides comprehensive descriptions and advice for each step.

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