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.
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.
Stanton's latest work
- Is Addiction a Chronic Brain Disease?
- Let People Choose Their Own Drug Policies. What if we just allowed people to take drugs in a supportive social milieu that clearly signals appropriate behavior?
- I Learned It by Watching You: How Television Distorts Drug Addiction
- The Hijacking of Sobriety by the Recovery Movement
- Addicted to Brain Scans
- George Washington: Boozehound
- Government Says You Can’t Overcome Addiction, Contrary to What Government Research Shows
- Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Taught To Be Helpless Before Drugs
- Dear Mr. President, Please Think Carefully About Drugs and Your Daughters
- Out With Your Old “Addict” Identity, and In With Something Better
- Please, Don’t Use the Deaths of Famous 12-Steppers to Recommend the 12 Steps
- For the Last Time: “Sobriety” Does Not Mean “Abstinence”
- The Addictive Effects of Drugs Are Above All Culturally Determined
- Forget What They Tell You: Denial Can Help You to Recover From Addiction
- What Can a Teenage Murder-Suicide Tell Us About Addiction?
- Dear Joe Biden, Is Cocaine Use Still Either a Crime or a Disease?
- My Application Letter to Be America’s Drug Czar
- We Need to Normalize Drug Use in Our Society—Deal With It!
- Recovery Narratives at War in the New York Times
- Reconsidering Addiction and Addiction Treatment: A Talk with Dr. Stanton Peele and DPA's asha bandele
- Webinar: Questioning Dr. Stanton Peele, with Dr. Tom Horvath
- Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself Crazy. Recovery.org, September 9, 2014.
- Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The PERFECT Program. Berkeley: Da Capo Press.
- A step too far? Drugs and Drink News, April 14, 2014.
- Addiction myths. RSA Fellowship Spring, 2012.
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.