Stanton Peele

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

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…

May 14, 2019

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…

April 3, 2019

Intoxication Has Always Been the American Way—Let’s Work With That

Mood modification through drugs—intoxication—is a standard cultural reality in American history, but possibly even more so today. Rather than hopelessly…

March 6, 2019

“Russian Doll” Is a Case Study of Existential Recovery

Russian Doll, the acclaimed Netflix comedy-drama built around Natasha Lyonne, tackles loss, trauma, self-destruction and addiction. But most importantly, it…

February 13, 2019

What a Breakthrough E-Cigarette Study Illustrates About Addiction

The first large, systematic study of whether e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking was published January 30 in the New…

February 7, 2019

The Reassuringly Normal Recovery of Lindsay Lohan

Remember when Lohan was portrayed as the incorrigible bad-girl alcoholic who would never change—i.e., enter recovery? She may not now…

January 18, 2019

How a Famous IQ Study Revealed a Key Truth About Avoiding Addiction

What makes you live longer? What makes life more satisfying? What enables people to resist addiction? These three questions have…

January 7, 2019

Kavanaugh and the Paradox of Outgrowing Alcoholic Identity, But Not Moral Culpability

At this point, we don’t need to introduce Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee so credibly accused of multiple sexual…

October 1, 2018

Five Harmful Anti-Alcohol Myths and the Evidence Against Them

In Temperance America and beyond, it seems no amount of evidence will be accepted as proving the health benefits of…

September 25, 2018