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The Clinician’s Guide to Alcohol Moderation

Alternative Methods and Management Techniques, 1st Edition

By Cyndi Turner


232 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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The Clinician’s Guide to Alcohol Moderation examines alcohol use around the world and teaches a range of behavioral healthcare providers how to practice alcohol moderation with their clients.

Excavating the current treatments available for alcohol moderation, the book offers step-by-step processes of engaging clients and their families, self-assessments, and alcohol moderation tools. In addition to using it in conjunction with Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Comprehensive Workbook, the readers would benefit from the "How Do I Know If I Can Keep Drinking Quiz" and develop and monitor an Alcohol Moderation Plan. The text uses recognized alcohol moderation resources throughout the world as well as real life case studies to address typical clinician, client, and family member questions. It challenges the traditional recommendation that drinkers experiencing problems are "alcoholics".

This guideis a resource for all who over-drink or know people who struggle with their alcohol use. Through its medium, a broad range of health care providers receive a step-by-step process on how to practice alcohol moderation, how to put tools into practice, case examples, and answers to the most commonly asked questions.


Cyndi Turner’s guide, from the first interview to the exploration of what techniques will best work for the individual client, provides the framework and practical applications on which clinicians can build their own practices. Her belief that it is crucial that the treatment adapt to the client instead of insisting the client morph to a pre-established program is right in line with Moderation Management’s belief that each individual is empowered to accept personal responsibility for choosing and maintaining their own path and should have access to the support of professionals and peers in their choice.

Mary Reid, executive director, Moderation Management

Harm reduction and alcohol moderation are really important strategies that need to be offered - as part of a broad menu of options - to everyone with addiction problems. Cyndi Turner is a really thoughtful and intelligent exponent of both and this book will help a lot of people.

Johann Hari, New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and the Last Days of the War on Drugs and Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression-And the Unexpected Solutions

This is an unprecedented book that divulges a proven and effective treatment protocol for the majority of alcohol users. Complete with an Alcohol Moderation Assessment tool, this book exposes the flaws in traditional treatment models and offers practical solutions. A must-read for all professionals who help people at various stages of alcohol use, and an opportunity to make a global impact in the world of addictions.

Tom Dutta, founder and CEO, KRE-AT; speaker and radio show host; author of The Way of the Quiet Warrior

We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in our thinking about how to reduce the harms associated with drinking and it is essential that we expand beyond an abstinence-only framework. This practical and sensible book offers a compassionate and evidence-based approach to help people examine their relationship with alcohol. Filled with useful information, assessment questions and moderation strategies, this book is a valuable and timely addition to our toolbox as clinicians.

Jenifer Talley, PhD Assistant Executive Director, The Center for Optimal Living, New York, NY

This very helpful workbook is especially valuable in that it can be used by therapists with their clients or on its own for those who are not ready or are not able to receive therapy. It’s greatly needed and I highly recommend it.

David J. Hanson, Ph.D.,

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

"A valuable guide for clinicians in an emerging area of practice."

Hello Sunday Morning, the world’s largest online community of people supporting each other to change their behavior around alcohol, based in Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Recovery: What’s Missing?; 2: What Is Alcohol Moderation?; 3: History of Alcohol Use and Treatments; 4: Harm Reduction Models; 5: Alcohol’s Effect on Body, Mind, and Health; Chapter 6: Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Self-Assessment; 7: Engaging Your Client; 8: Alcohol Moderation Assessment; 9: Four Months Alcohol-Free; 10: Alcohol Moderation Tools; 11: Developing and Monitoring an Alcohol Moderation Plan; 12: Including the Family; 13: Gender Differences, Special Populations, and Alcohol Use Around the World; 14: Typical Questions; 15: Alcohol Moderation Resources

About the Author

Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC, has been in the substance abuse counseling field for over twenty years. She cofounded and is the clinical director of Insight into Action Therapy, a private outpatient therapy practice with two offices in Northern Virginia. She co-developed and facilitates the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program©. She provides therapy for players involved in the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Group