Stanton Peele

Stanton Peele is a psychologist who has changed the addiction field.

He has pioneered, among other things, the idea that addiction occurs with a range of experiences, recognition of natural recovery from addiction, and the harm reduction approach to addiction.

This site includes many of his widely read writings (see, for example, Why Addiction Isn't a Disease) and media appearances, including Oprah, Bill O'Reilly and Fox & Friends.

Created in 1996, this website is one of the oldest in the world. The goal then was the same as it is today: To make Stanton Peele's writings and ideas available to a large audience, for free if possible.

Please see the Online Library for a large collection of articles and book chapters written by Stanton Peele, or visit the Bookstore for his books. Stanton's Life Process Program is available as an online addiction program.

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Commentaries on Modern Addiction Treatment and Recovery: An Interview with Dr. Stanton Peele

There are presently more than 125 interviews with leaders in addiction treatment, recovery advocacy and recovery support posted at The founding purpose of this interview series was to record the prevailing ideas about and approaches to the resolution of alcohol and other drug problems during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. No critic has been more visible, persistent, or provocative than Dr. Stanton Peele. Perhaps best known for his attacks on the conceptualization of addiction as a disease, Alcoholics Anonymous and 12-Step programs, Dr. Peele’s topical coverage of the field has been much broader through his prolific professional and popular writings, his frequent speeches at addiction-related conferences, and his many media appearances.

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Stanton's latest work

Featured article of the month

Stanton has written crucial articles presaging developments in the field over five decades. Here is one of then, November's "Golden Oldie".

The Results for Drug Reform Goals of Shifting from Interdiction / Punishment to Treatment

Stanton’s 40-Year Addiction Report Card

Stanton began working on Love and Addiction (which was published in 1975) in 1970. In these forty years he has predicted a remarkable number of addiction trends. By now it is clear that the way in which Stanton has reframed addiction for the past four decades – sometimes facing extreme opposition – has been prescient. Addiction is not a consequence of taking drugs and drinking. Rather, it arises from the way in which these and other compelling activities fit into people’s lives and meanings.