Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele is a psychologist who has pioneered, among other things, the idea that addiction occurs with a range of experiences and recognition of natural recovery from addiction. He developed the Life Process Program for addiction. He has authored many books since the 1975 publication of Love and Addiction (co-authored by Archie Brodsky); his latest is A Scientific Life on the Edge: My Lonely Quest to Change How We See Addiction.

Non-Substance Addictions Are Key to Understanding What Drugs Don’t Do

The parents of a 13-year-old middle school student brought their son to a counselor of my acquaintance. “He spends all…

March 23, 2022

Alcohol and Dementia: Why the Evidence Has Been Suppressed

A familiar substance has repeatedly been associated with protection against dementia. But we’re not allowed to learn that. Instead, government…

December 20, 2021

A Court Rejected the Disease Theory of Opioid Addiction. Will We Listen?

The idea that opioid painkillers are inevitably addictive was put on trial and refuted. But this modern disease theory seemingly…

November 22, 2021

Warn That Alcohol Causes Cancer? Add That Drinkers Live Longer.

“There is no safe level of alcohol,” WHO Europe headlined in 2018. “Zero alcohol consumption minimizes the overall risk of…

September 20, 2021

“Mare of Easttown” and the Streaming Harm Reduction Revolution

HBO is leading a media revolution in the portrayal of drug use, including but not limited to problematic use, as…

June 11, 2021

Reason to Raise a Glass: The Alcohol-Zero-Tolerance Project Is Doomed

The World Health Organization has declared that there is no safe level of drinking—a zero-tolerance, just-say-no approach to alcohol. Public…

December 24, 2020

So We’re Drinking Our Way Through the Pandemic? It’s What Drugs Are For.

People are drinking (and using marijuana) more during the pandemic. Alarms have predictably been raised, but anxiety is misdirected. RAND…

October 8, 2020

Democrats Platform Arch-Enemy of Syringe Exchange on DNC Opening Night

Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman spoke on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on August 17…

August 18, 2020

The Perpetual Pendulum of US Drinking Guidelines

Every five years, the United States produces a set of health recommendations entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The document is…

August 3, 2020

“The Great” Offers a Window Into a Non-Temperance Way of Being

Netflix is currently screening The Great, a 10-part series portraying the improbable, nay astounding, story of Catherine II, Empress of…

May 26, 2020