February 24, 2017

Book Reviews Stanton Peele with Ilse Thompson. Recover! Boston, MA: DaCapo. 2014. 320 pages. $24.99 (hard cover), ISBN: 978-0-7382-1675-1 Background Something quite interesting is happening in the world of addiction publishing. The unending stream of books on drugs, drug policy, addiction, and addiction treatment are being supplemented with a new genre of books focused,not on […]


January 24, 2017

The e-book of Stanton’s pamphlet, The Addiction Experience, on the inner experience of addiction, is now available on Amazon. The Addiction Experience is a remarkably prescient look into addiction. Originally derived from Love and Addiction by Stanton Peele, it was published in the Canadian Addiction Research Foundation’s ARF Journal, from which it was translated and […]


January 17, 2017

We have entered an era in which drug use is widespread, almost ubiquitous, and yet at the same it is viewed as unmanageable and uncontrollable. We need instead to accept and to regulate drug use. Several recent key writings in the popular and academic press point to the following developments: We are in a pharmacological era […]


January 10, 2017

Why the Life Process Program doesn’t focus on trauma—it doesn’t work! Trauma theory has come to dominate addiction practice.  It is commonplace to hear assertions that all addiction is due to trauma, or the converse—no one can escape the trauma in their lives.  Both of these statements are not true, as I will illustrate with […]


January 8, 2017

Toni Erdmann is a newly released German film, nearly three hours long, about a father who tries, and succeeds, at convincing his daughter that her corporate life is bullshit.  The film is seen as a call to authenticity, rejecting corporate yea-saying and conformity.  It has been lauded in this role by such distinguished critics as […]


December 21, 2016

The myth is that 12-step programs and their associated treatment industry thrive simply because Americans love them. In fact, both are substantially built on and maintained by force. This contradiction necessitated the invention of the idea of denial. In my recent column on the essential similarities between the neurobiological version of the disease theory of […]


December 14, 2016

As our predestined fates would have it, several prominent books (including by authors as distinguished as Marc Lewis, Sally Satel and Johann Hari) have recently confronted the supposedly scientific neurobiological chronic brain disease theory of addiction. The theory, which is associated worldwide with Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), was […]


November 28, 2016

Our policies and public proclamations around addiction resemble a slow-motion, inevitable car crash. On November 17 a summit was convened in Los Angeles at which US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sounded the latest alarm on addiction: Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. “Addressing the addiction crisis in America […]


November 22, 2016

Recent reports on the harm reduction movement portray its rude health—yet simultaneously, a catastrophic event could at any point challenge its growing acceptance. To me, the situation recalls a disastrous confrontation that long negated a hugely promising development, before “harm reduction” was even a phrase. This contributed to countless tragic deaths—although one in particular sticks […]


November 5, 2016

Disease Theory of Addiction The disease theory of addiction underpins punitive and abhorrent drug policies—but in fact, its negative impact is evenworse than this. Recently, two notables on an addiction theory list to which I used to belong debated the relationship between the disease theory of addiction and drug policy. One, my fellow Influence contributor […]