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 and has authored many books since the 1975 publication of Love and Addiction (co-authored by Archie Brodsky). His forthcoming memoir is titled A Scientific Life on the Edge: My Quest to Change How We See Addiction.

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

So Alcoholics Anonymous Is “Proven” to Work After All? Not So Fast

Alcoholics Anonymous and its 12 Steps, with their prescription of abstinence, have dominated America’s response to addiction for a half-century…

March 18, 2020

Beyond Harm Reduction: Encouraging Positive Drug Use

A traditional anecdote tells of a congressman answering a constituent's inquiry about his position on alcohol. "If you mean the…

January 31, 2020

In Defense of the Concept of Addiction

The term—and concept of—“addiction” is regularly frowned upon or even attacked by people in our field. But it won’t disappear,…

January 16, 2020

Disease Model Proponents Are the Climate Change Deniers of Our Field

Our cognitive biases, per Nobel-winner Daniel Kahneman and colleague Amos Tversky, cause us to value short-term benefits over staving off…

December 2, 2019

Joe Biden’s Marijuana Comments Fit All We Know About Him

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden confirmed on November 16 that he doesn’t support federal legalization of…

November 20, 2019

Almodóvar and Portman’s New Films Illuminate Love, Heroin and Addiction

Two current films wonder about the nature of addiction—one involving obsessive love, the other heroin use without the usual addictive…

October 10, 2019

The Optimism Gap: Class-Tailored Addiction Messaging Fuels Inequality

When people speak of inequality in America, they miss one of its powerful drivers: addiction treatment. The concepts that dominate…

August 15, 2019

Elton John and Bob Weir’s Recovery Routes Are Closer Than They Seem

Two superluminary rock stars, Elton John and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, have in recent weeks presented addiction-recovery paths that…

June 19, 2019