Does the Word Addict Cause Harm?

This week on Talk Recovery, Dr. Stanton Peele discusses: ‘Does the word addict cause harm?’

Listen to his response.



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. We are only now as a society beginning to come to grips with his insights.

“Stanton Peele is one of the most insightful thinkers about addiction anywhere, ever.”—Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

“Stanton Peele’s ideas must be reckoned with by anyone who is serious about understanding addiction.”—Maia Szalavitz, author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction

“Dr. Stanton Peele is a trailblazer who has led each new progressive wave in the addictive behaviors field since the 1970s.”—Andrew Tatarsky, Ph.D., author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drugs and Alcohol

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Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, recognized as one of the world's leading addiction experts, developed the Life Process Program after decades of research, writing, and treatment about and for people with addictions. Dr. Peele is the author of 14 books. His work has been published in leading professional journals and popular publications around the globe.

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