How The Today Show and Ronan Farrow Kept Me from Telling the Truth About Addiction

June 8, 2017

  Source: Vice on-line magazine I have described how liberals are the most ardent supporters of the disease theory of addiction. (Disclosure, I am a liberal.) This truth was driven home for me by my recent humiliation on The Today Show at the hands of Ronan Farrow.  Farrow presented three related woman who had each […]


Are Addiction and Mental Illness Really Brain Diseases?

June 5, 2017

The two primary (New York) intellectual organs, the New York Review of Books and The New York Times, have recently featured two powerful cultural icons saying exactly opposite things. Marcia Angell, the first woman editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and now at the Harvard Medical School, in an ongoing, two-part series in […]


The Health Care Crisis and the Addiction Crisis Are the Same

Donald Trump was elected by a white underclass that is resentful, suicidal, and addictive, and whose existence is declining rapidly. The most noted element in the current health-care debate is how the Republicans’ White House champion, along with the Republican Congress headed by Paul Ryan, is driven to deprive poorer Americans, white and black, of […]


Reducing Drug Deaths: Heroin Injection By Appointment

May 30, 2017

The next step in addiction Tx is assisting those addicted to heroin to inject The United States has been stymied in reducing drug-related deaths, which have continued to grow even in places where Naloxone and other anti-overdose medications have been made available, along with medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including methadone and buprenorphine. But we do know […]


My Impact on the Addiction World: An Exchange With My Bartender

My Impact on the Addiction World: An Exchange With My Bartender On viewing the video of The Today Show’s treatment of addiction, with a few seconds from me as the only opponent of the disease theory, my bartender (and friend) emailed me: Great shot of the apartment! (He helped me move.) Two main questions come […]


Is addiction genetic and-should it be treated like a disease

May 29, 2017

Archie: Wipeout (segment available at): http://www.today.com/…/is-addiction-genetic-and-should-it-b… I’d call this segment a throwaway. Your brief appearance is a personal accomplishment that you can cite and seemed well-chosen in capturing the essence of your position, but it was the only contribution that went against the tide and was somewhat discredited by the lead-in “Some in the medical […]


Subject: INSPIRED. A plea from a dissident

Subject: INSPIRED. A plea from a dissident Dear Dr. Stanton Peele, I am in much need of your advice. I am nervous sending this to you because, 1: I am anxious and have been most of my life; 2: I am afraid of any consequences that may follow as a result of my honesty. Let […]


Donald Trump and Addictive Behaviors, Part II

May 19, 2017

Vainglorious in victory, denying defeat, Donald uses strategies of the addicted Um, Mr. President? No votes were taken with Democrats present. Psychological projection is a syndrome in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. Donald Trump‘s speech on the defeat […]


To Stanton From AA Minority

May 15, 2017

Dear Dr Peele, Thank you for writing “Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince US We Are Out of Control,” and co-writing “Resisting 12-Step Coercion: How to Fight Forced Participation in AA, NA, or 12-Step Treatment,” with Charles Bufe and Archie Brodsky. Excerpts from the books have been […]


The New Study That Shows Trumpcare’s Damage

May 9, 2017

Whether people live or die is irrelevant to most public policy preferences, particularly for Republicans, although quite often for everyone. Whether people and their families live or die — and make a lot of money — IS of course crucial, along with the ideology behind a policy. This is most evident in re health care. […]