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Alternative Therapies for Addiction Recovery

Most people believe their choice is to enter 12-step, addiction-as-disease therapy or to have no treatment at all for addiction problems. In fact, there is a broad array of treatments for addiction. What unites them is: (a) their not...

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A Real Lexicon for Addiction

Our views on addiction have changed radically since Stanton Peele and Archie Brodsky wrote Love and Addiction in 1975, and Stanton followed up with his 1985 book The Meaning of Addiction. But our modern vocabulary often doesn’t reflect these...

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The Life Process Program Team – An insiders view

By Anne Earle Working with our LPP team is, in a word, AWESOME! When the creator of The Life Process Program and renowned addiction expert, Dr. Stanton Peele, asked me a few weeks back if I would write a...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Free Guide

Now that you have downloaded your 7 Lessons For Overcoming Addiction Guide, it’s time to put it to good use. The simple act downloading the guide and getting started, is a token of your commitment to making improvements in...

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Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy – S. Peele & Z.Rhoads

Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., The Atlantic: One of the experts changing how we see addiction Zach Rhoads, School child development specialist       “Outgrowing Addiction is a meditation for parents on how to avoid the trap of medicalizing...

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Ask Stanton

Over the last two decades, Stanton Peele has answered numerous questions from readers about the following subjects: Addiction Questions Nonsubstance Addictions How To Think About Solving an Addiction Sex and Relationships Society and Science Questions Drug Policy Harm Reduction...

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Questions From Treatment Professionals – Ask Stanton

Do values pay a role in addiction? What can I say to my employers who push 12-step methods? Can people use narcotics safely, even with benefits, for years?

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Alternate Treatments – Ask Stanton

Does naltrexone work? What do you think of SMART Recovery? What exactly is the community reinforcement approach (CRA) and how effective is it? Is salvation a cure for addiction? What do you think of naltrexone therapy for alcoholics? What...

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Beneficial Drinking and Alcohol Policy – Ask Stanton

Are there any positive effects of drinking alcohol?

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Harm Reduction – Ask Stanton

Can I ever get off methadone? How? Is harm reduction therapy too risky for a therapist to try? What do you think of my individualized harm reduction treatment? Can I ever get off methadone? Can I get wasted once...

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Drug Policy – Ask Stanton

Should physicians prescribe narcotic substitutes? Can my son’s marijuana use be therapeutic? Tell me about needle-exchange programs and drop-in centres

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Nonsubstance Addictions – Ask Stanton

Can I create an intervention to force my parents to address my sister’s shopping addiction? Is there such a thing as workaholism? Can a person be addicted to get-rich-quick schemes, and how can I stop my father from ruining...

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Sex and Relationships – Ask Stanton

Save me from the addict I’m with What should I do? I cheated on my alcoholic husband, now he can’t stop thinking about it I gave up everything for my boyfriend and now that he’s left, I’m desolate I’m...

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Addiction Questions – Ask Stanton

Is marijuana addictive? What kinds of people do you think are at high risk for addiction? How come the scientific explanations of addiction I receive in drug court and treatment make no sense to me? Is Valium a real...

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Forensic or Legal Questions – Ask Stanton

I was concerned about my alcohol consumption, and now I am forced into treatment. What should I do? What is the correct punishment for two DWIs in five years? Can you develop an alternative program when a court orders...

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Questions About Family Members – Ask Stanton

How do you help an addict hundreds of miles away? The wondering spouse asks: How do I fight my husband’s treatment with him? How do I rescue my marriage when my husband deserts me and the family for AA?...

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Personal Questions- Ask Stanton

Am I a marijuana addict? How do I make a secure place for myself in life? Can I use marijuana and cocaine as antidepressants? I am social activist for whom both AA and Jack Trimpey have failed; what can...

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12-Step Questions- Ask Stanton

22-year-old struggling with leaving AA Can I argue against AA in my philosophy debate? Where do I go for help now that I am out of AA? I grew out of AA Is my son an alcoholic? Did my...

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Resuming Social Drinking and Drug Use – Ask Stanton

How do you define relapse? Is taking cocaine every every now then less dangerous than using it on a daily basis? Is my moderate drinking okay or was AA right? Can I go back to AA after being a...

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Treatment – Ask Stanton

Is it better to rely on psychiatric drugs and to lose the feelings that they mask, or to risk suicide? Why won’t they let me off methadone? Here is my story of being hospitalized for a drinking problem Should...

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Society and Science Questions – Ask Stanton

Is my adopted baby doomed by her mother’s drug use? How should I raise a crack baby? Are all crack users addicts? Should society disapprove of addiction? I avoid withdrawal in the wilderness, but not at home Why do...

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How To Think About Solving an Addiction – Ask Stanton

How can I overcome withdrawal when I quit drinking? My alcoholic counselors says I’m an addict — am I? How can I combat my withdrawal from meth? Police lectures to students How do you help a talented and attractive...

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Thank you notes

Hi Stanton! I don’t have a question — I just want to thank you for your work. You are a voice of reason in in a field dominated by medieval superstition and old folk wisdom. I am a fully...

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