Suggested Reading

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.

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

Coronavirus has changed the way we live almost overnight. This book can help you understand and learn to manage change to improve health and happiness.

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 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 Day 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.

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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