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 latest book (with Zach Rhoads) is Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy.

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…

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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…

2 months

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,…

3 months

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…

4 months

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…

4 months

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…

6 months

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…

8 months

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…

10 months

Coercion Into Addiction Treatment Is Ubiquitous: Five Ways It Happens

The range and intensity of coercion in addiction treatment isn’t well recognized. Yet coercion through Alcoholics Anonymous is long-established in…

11 months

Yes, You Can Be Addicted to Cannabis—But There Are Sensible Ways to Avoid This

The seemingly inexorable nationwide movement to legalize marijuana has recently stalled in New Jersey and New York, at least partly…

1 year