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.

Recover!Paperback Edition of Recover!

Stanton Peele and Ilse Thompson have released the paperback version of Recover! An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life

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Talking about Addiction for Kids and Young Adults – SMART Approaches with Drs. Stanton Peele and Tom Horvath

The webinar on kids and addiction with Tom Horvath is available:

http://smartrecovery.libsyn.com/webinar-talking-about-addic…

This is a wide-ranging talk about addiction and today’s youth and teens. Dr. Horvath, SMART’s President, interviews Dr. Stanton Peele on what is needed in society, in public policy, for parents, and for those in the caring and justice professions, to better help our young people. For young adults, we want to show you the power of making your own choices and having solid resources for decision-making readily available, so you can assess what’s best for you and live lives of freedom and power.


Stanton's latest work


Featured Peele.net 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.

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