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Stories People Tell Themselves (and Their Children) About Addiction

People’s reality about drugs and addiction is determined largely by their perceptions. That is, they behave in keeping with their own ideas about drugs’ effects (e.g., opioids are addictive), about their own natures (i.e., whether they’re addicts), and about...

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VIDEO: Drugs Do Not Define Addiction, with Stanton Peele

Our Life Process Program’s founder and creator, Dr. Stanton Peele, Ph.D. spoke to a group at The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on March 29th via teleconference called Drugs Do Not Define Addiction. The topic is one...

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The Meaning of Recovery Has Changed, You Just Don’t Know It

The US agency that deals with substance abuse treatment redefines recovery! Every day Americans are educated over and over again about the meaning of recovery: celebrities tour the country describing their miraculous redemption due to 12-step rehab; columnists instruct...

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Sharing experiences through our blog

The Life Process Program Blog features several (anonymized) exchanges between Dr Peele and his readers. We wanted to share these experiences to allow readers to learn more about Dr Peele’s thoughts and opinions, but what we didn’t expect to...

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What Does It Mean to Be Addicted?

Could I be addicted? I can’t be an alcoholic? I wouldn’t say I’m addicted?  I’m not THAT bad. My doctor prescribed these. I only bet on sports. Everyone watches porn. Do any of those statements feel familiar? It seems...

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Theories of Addiction – What is the Meaning of Addiction?

 An Analysis of the Theories of Addiction In many cases, addiction theorists have now progressed beyond stereotyped disease conceptions of alcoholism or the idea that narcotics are inherently addictive to anyone who uses them. The two major areas of...

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Diseasing of America by Stanton Peele

Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control A popular book explaining the movement in America toward disease theories of behaviors and their negative consequences for law,...

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Why 12 Step Programs Don’t Work | Alternatives to 12 Steps

An Alternative View on the AA and Why 12 Step Programs Don’t Work In their book ‘Resisting 12-Step Coercion – How to Fight Forced Participation in AA, NA or 12-Step Treatment’, renowned addiction expert Dr. Stanton Peele and his...

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The Meaning of Addiction – An Unconventional View

The Meaning of Addiction presents an entire non-reductive, experiential model of addiction. It became a major nondisease text, including use at Harvard. Dr. Margaret Bean-Bayog (who surrendered her medical license in a case involving the suicide of a patient...

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12-Step Questions- Ask Stanton

I know AA/NA work – I’ve been in 14 treatment centers in my life and all of them use the disease 12 step model 22-year-old struggling with leaving AA Can I argue against AA in my philosophy debate? Will...

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