“Abstinence vs. Moderation” — have you been wondering about this?
Many families are fed up with the pain and drama, and long for their loved one to swing from one extreme clear over to the other. They typically wish for their loved one never touch another drop or take another hit.
Yet the research on alcohol suggests that moderation may work for people with less severe addiction problems.
Attempts at moderation can also be a useful way for a person struggling with drugs or alcohol to get feedback, creating self-awareness around their using in general, and may well signal to them that their alcohol or drug use is playing a larger role in their lives than they would care to admit.