The Drew Barrymore Story (Sundays with Stories Edition)– Podcast Episode 33!
Welcome to the LPP Podcast Episode 33!
This is a sneak peak at a new weekly segment by Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads, called “Sundays With Stories” You can listen to the audio version of the podcast HERE
Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads, an addiction and a child development specialist respectively, converse about the realities of addiction and substance misuse in their Sunday conversations. Stanton and Zach work together in the online Life Process Program and in publications like Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy. Their Sunday Conversations tap into this overwhelming truth: people have the capacity to overcome addiction. And, in fact (like Zach himself) they regularly do so.
How do we know?
ALL life studies of people’s substance use show that people successfully come to grips with their addictions. Moreover, people all around you can tell you tales of such natural, developmental recovery. Only they’re not “allowed” to tell their stories, for fear of offending the dysfunctional, but all-powerful, recovery community.
This reticence extends to the highest levels of media and culture. (Do you know that progressive stalwart Kurt Andersen dutifully explained that George W. Bush invaded Iraq because he quit drinking without AA, and was thus permanently trapped in denial?) Among the many examples of this self-censorship are the cultural icon Drew Barrymore, who people labelled, age 13, America’s youngest addict. Barrymore wrote Litte Girl Lost, published at age 15, after she had entered rehab and subsequently attempted suicide.
But Drew grew up by the time she reached her twenties, then went on to found a winery and became a caring mother and Hollywood power player. Apologizing for “not being in recovery” (she enjoys wine), Drew can only hint at the developmental course that has freed her and the vast majority of those with addictive problems.
Hear stories like Drew’s, the silent majority’s on Peele and Rhoads’ “Sundays with Stories.”
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