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Not all cases using Soberlink require a professional monitor to oversee and manage the monitoring process. Cases that do not need a professional monitor are cases where the parties have good communication and a sense of shared power that equates to genuine cooperation. Cooperation is atypical of families struggling with alcoholism. Often people overestimate how cooperative they actually are because cooperation is a value that most of us like to think we hold.

990dad 86d356c494a848448e27053ea468fef8Dr. Isaac Marks and Dr. Richard Swinson led a study to determine the efficacy of the benzodiazepine class drug, alprazolam, marketed under the brand name, Xanax, by its developer, Upjohn. The Marks and Swinson study was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 1993. Previous studies had shown alprazolam to be no better than placebo, but there were limitations to those studies such as very high early placebo drop-out rates, they lacked follow-up with test subjects, and they did not compare alprazolam to exposure therapy. Dr. Marks and Dr. Swinson sought to avoid those short-comings in their study.

DSC 1689 MomDaugther.jpgThe holidays can be a difficult time for divorcing or divorced families. Splitting time with your children during the holidays is never easy. Alcohol related concerns compound the difficulties. The concerned parent likely worries about alcohol abuse during the holidays, and with good reason. Alcohol consumption and relapse risks increase significantly during this time of year. Using Soberlink to monitor abstinence, full-time or parenting time only, gives parents an effective solution during the holiday season.

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