HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE JUST TO PROVE ALCOHOL ADDICTION ISN'T A REAL SYMPTOM OF A REAL DISEASE?
One of the expert gurus of, "I'm not powerless. It's all a matter of choice, responsibility, and will," and "abstinence is unnecessary," Audrey Kishline, is in deep trouble, legally and personally. Despite the tragic and desperately sad nature of the story below, I must maintain my highly critical and angry indictment on the fraud in the field of addictionology that resulted in the two DWI deaths discussed in the following story, a consequence of the clearly wrong opinion and belief driven P/R paradigm of addictions. Not only is Ms. Kishline guilty of fraud and manslaughter, but so is the equally guilty field of addictionology that is co-responsible for this tragedy.
Shit in - Shit out.
The article below came out just a few days after 20/20 did a show on alternatives to the disease concept and alternatives to abstinence, highlighting Kishline's profitable hoax as a real alternative for problem drinkers. In fact, 20/20's web site has since made no acknowledgment of the story below, nor has it removed the Moderation Management (MM) web site link from its "helpful links." More surprising is the MM web site that is still glaringly present on-line with absolutely no mention of its founder's disaster and recantment. This nonsense is typical of the current mess we find the field of addictionology to be in. The wrong paradigm maintains this mess. At the end of the article below, Kishland's spokeperson says she will continue to write about "drinking." What hubris! Please tell her to shut up, close MM, and just get sober to avoid more harm to her followers and others.
When will we wise up to the fact that addiction is real and is caused by a disease that is inexorable and uncontrollable?
Fatal wreck shatters `moderate drinking' illusions: Charged in two
deaths, Woodinville author has new views on alcohol. 2000-06-20. Associated Press-
WOODINVILLE -- The founder of a national movement which teaches that
problem drinkers can drink in moderation has changed her mind after
being charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide in a crash that
killed two, her attorney said. Audrey Kishline, 43, of Woodinville, has been charged with two counts
of vehicular homicide in a March 25 head-on crash that killed Richard
Davis and his daughter, LaSchell, on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum.
Prosecutors allege that Kishline, author of the book ``Moderate
Drinking,'' had a blood alcohol content of 0.26 at the time of the
accident, more than three times the legal limit in Washington.
Kishline's 1994 book is the handbook of the national, nonprofit
``Moderation Management'' movement, which aims at reducing the
drinking of those who have experienced mild to moderate alcohol-related problems
but are not alcoholics, according to promotional materials.
But the accident and subsequent alcohol treatment have made Kishline
realize that ``moderation management is nothing but alcoholics
covering up their problem,'' said her attorney, John Crowley of Seattle.
Kishline also was charged with drunken driving and hit-and-run
driving. Her trial was scheduled to begin today in Kittitas County Superior
Court, but was postponed until late September at Crowley's request, Deputy
Prosecutor Margaret Sowards said.
Crowley said Kishline is ``extremely remorseful'' and carries the
photos of the two victims with her. ``She doesn't feel sorry for herself,'' Crowley said. ``Her thoughts
are with the victim's families and her own two children.''
Kishline is receiving substance-abuse treatment at a facility in
western Oregon. She will receive treatment at the facility until July 8,
Crowley said. He said Kishline plans to write more on drinking if she goes to
prison, but this time the writing will deal with how moderation is not an
option for people with serious drinking problems. ``She's a strong woman,'' Crowley said. ``She doesn't plan to fight