The Addiction Experience – Now Available

January 24, 2017

The e-book of Stanton’s pamphlet, The Addiction Experience, on the inner experience of addiction, is now available on Amazon. The Addiction Experience is a remarkably prescient look into addiction. Originally derived from Love and Addiction by Stanton Peele, it was published in the Canadian Addiction Research Foundation’s ARF Journal, from which it was translated and […]


What Leading Critics Get Wrong About the Film, Toni Erdmann

January 8, 2017

Toni Erdmann is a newly released German film, nearly three hours long, about a father who tries, and succeeds, at convincing his daughter that her corporate life is bullshit.  The film is seen as a call to authenticity, rejecting corporate yea-saying and conformity.  It has been lauded in this role by such distinguished critics as […]


Five Ways People Are Coerced Into Rehab and AA

December 21, 2016

The myth is that 12-step programs and their associated treatment industry thrive simply because Americans love them. In fact, both are substantially built on and maintained by force. This contradiction necessitated the invention of the idea of denial. In my recent column on the essential similarities between the neurobiological version of the disease theory of […]


Addiction will always be there – But there IS a way out

January 18, 2016

We are recognizing that addiction is a regular part of life, and it scares the hell out of us. When I published Love and Addiction with Archie Brodsky in 1975, we received catcalls from my fellow faculty members at the Harvard Business School: “ Right, love can be addictive-ha! ha! ha! ” That idea is […]


Change is Natural

April 15, 2013

Writing to SMART Recovery counselors and group leaders, Stanton reminds them that recovery is a natural process, one assisted by counselors and support groups, or reinstated when a person goes in the wrong direction. When presenting this view, Stanton must always doff his cap to Harold Mulford. SMART Recovery News & Views, Summer, 2001, pp. […]


Credits & Critiques

Stanton evaluates figures in the addiction field for their contributions, for better or worse, to the state of addiction theory and practice today. Herbert Fingarette: Why are people so upset with this retiring philosopher? Stanton takes time off to analyze the systematic assault on someone else – Herb Fingarette – based on Herb’s refutation of […]


The Cultural Context of Psychological Approaches to Alcoholism

February 22, 2013

American Psychologist, 39, 1337-1351, 1984. Reprinted in W.R. Miller (Ed.),Alcoholism: Theory, research, and treatment, Lexington, MA: Gunn, 1985. Can We Control the Effects of Alcohol? Abstract The unique history of alcohol use in the United States has led to the ascendance of the disease theory as the dominant conception of alcoholism. Social-scientific research has consistently conflicted […]


Asleep at the Switch

January 22, 2013

Reason, December 1991, pp. 63-65. On August 28, a New York City subway motorman failed to slow at a switch and derailed his train, killing five passengers and injuring another 200. It was the worst New York subway disaster in 63 years. The driver, Robert E. Ray, had a .21 blood alcohol level hours after […]


AA Abuse

Reason, November 1991, pp. 34-39 Under the influence of alcohol-treatment evangelists, courts, employers, and parents are forcing people into 12-step programs for the slightest of reasons. Archie Brodsky Boston, MA Stanton Peele Morristown, NJ   A high-level delegation from the Soviet Union recently visited Quincy, Massachusetts, to learn how District Court Judge Albert L. Kramer […]


Where Does the Buck Stop: Fire Tomalis, Impeach Corbett, and ______ Rendell?

November 30, 2012

Penn State trustees may be stamping out the fire — before they’re burned I just watched former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell defend disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno on the MSNBC show, Hardball, in the presence of a childhood sex abuse victim.  The victim was not impressed with Rendell’s defense.  Paterno was told in 2002 about a child […]