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.
A new paperback edition of Love and Addiction, with an updated commentary by the authors, is now available at Amazon.com!
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 www.williamwhitepapers.com. 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.
Stanton's latest work
- Ted Kennedy Was Not an Alcoholic
- Carly Fiorina Loves Addiction Treatment, But Hates Drug Legalization
- Two Approaches to Harm Reduction: Goal-Setting and Meaning
- Studies Show that Drinking Problems Are Increasing. Here's Why.
- Addiction Is as American as Apple Pie
- Karl Ove Knausgaard and James Boswell: Fellow Memoirists and Alcoholics?
- When Drug Therapies for Addiction Are Dangerous
- How I Became an Addiction Expert
- Can People Outgrow Sex Addiction?
- 12 Concepts of Recovery That Have Stood the Test of Time
- Questioning the 12-Step Orthodoxy
- Is Addiction a Brain Disease?
- Legalizing Drugs Challenges the Addiction Brain Disease Theory
- The New Recovery
- Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate People into AA
- Addiction as a Social Disease
- 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
- Two Sick Men
- Love and Addiction, Part II: Amy Winehouse
- A Brief History of Disease Theory and Harm Reduction Treatment in the US
- Addiction Prevention: Can Your Child Avoid Addiction?
- When and How Do You Help Crazy People?
- How to Talk to Crazy People II: The Continuum from Normal to Crazy
- How to Talk to Crazy People
- 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!
- How I Practice Self-Empowering Addiction Treatment. The Addiction Advisor, November 13, 2015.
- Why Treating Addiction as a Disease Isn’t Helpful. The Addiction Advisor, October 27, 2015.
- Peele, S. (2015). Why neurobiological models can't contain mental disorder and addiction. In Deacon, B., and McKay, D. (Eds.), The Biomedical Model of Psychological Problems. the Behavior Therapist, October 2015, 38(7): 218-222.
- Why Don’t Addiction Rates Ever Seem to Fall? Addiction.com, September 13, 2015.
- How To Succeed Where Your Kid's School Drug Prevention Program Fails. Fatherly, 24 August 2015.
- Stanton Peele and Natural Recovery. The Stanton Peele Addiction Website, June 2015.
- La dipendenza e' una patologia cronica del cervello? La tossicodipendenza non e' causata solamente dagli effetti degli stupefacenti. Dal Fare al Dire, No. 1, 2015, pp. 14-16.
- Does Legalizing Marijuana Lead to More Addiction?
- 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.
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".
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.