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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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Moderate Drinking After AA

Is moderate drinking after AA a possibility? At the Life Process Program, we believe it is! Read these emails the Life Process Program has received from AA members seeking advice: Dear Stanton: I have been clean and sober in...

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Can I ever get off methadone? How?

Bill, a long-time addict and alcoholic, has cleansed himself of all chemical dependencies, except methadone, which he cannot quit below a certain level. Apparently driven to try, he asks for advice and help. Two contrasting responses are provided by...

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Should I live with a marijuana addict who is otherwise a good man?

  Further Reading Dear Stanton, I am writing because my boyfriend is a daily pot smoker. We have been together for almost five years and for five years, it has been the one aspect of our relationship that I...

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Can I compromise with a marijuana smoker I love?

Dear Stanton, I am at the end of a two-and-a-half year relationship that is ending because of the marijuana habits of my boyfriend. He does it. I don’t. He has never lied about the fact that he smokes pot,...

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