Stanton Peele & Zach Rhoads

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).


Zach Rhoads is an author and educational consultant working with families in Vermont. He is also an addiction coach in Dr. Stanton Peele’s Life Process Program. He hosts the podcast FSDP Presents on behalf of Families for Sensible Drug Policy.

Their book Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy was published by Upper Access Press in May 2019.

We Know the Answers to Our Suicide Crisis, But Prefer to Deny Them

Supporting people in living is the best solution to self-inflicted death. Isn’t that simple? Nearly all of us in the…

September 16, 2019

Drew Barrymore and the Case Against Labeling Children as “Addicts”

Drew Barrymore appeared on the cover of People in 1989 under the banner “America's Youngest Addict.” She had been consuming…

August 8, 2019

Social Factors Are an Essential—And Changeable—Element of Addiction

Resisting efforts to exaggerate the dangers of drugs does not mean we should ignore them. People suffer, and sometimes lose…

July 8, 2019

Vietnam Vets Proved That Addiction Is a Product of Life Circumstances

For most people addiction is situational and of limited duration. In some cases, such as people in war zones, the…

June 5, 2019

Childhood Development Issues and Adult Addiction Fit the Same Pattern

Behavioral-developmental challenges in childhood and addiction problems in adulthood are two sides of the same coin. Both constitute self-defeating patterns…

May 21, 2019