Stanton Peele & Jim Breslo (Hidden Truth Podcast): How to Fight Forced Participation in AA and NA

Stanton Peele By: Dr. Stanton Peele

Posted on December 4th, 2018 - Last updated: September 28th, 2023
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Stanton Peele: Author of Resisting 12-Step Coercion: How to Fight Forced Participation in AA and NA. One of the country’s foremost experts on addiction joins Jim Breslo (Hidden Truth Podcast) to explain that we focus too much on the substances, not enough on the individual. We are not powerless over these drugs, as the 12 step program would have you believe. We just need to be aware, use common sense, and engage in worthy pursuits.

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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.


  • Adrien says:

    I really like the information that’s been presented in this podcast and I really value Stanton Peele’s theories. I have been an addiction counselor for about 7 years in total and have been drug free for 18 years. The only thing I have seen for value in the 12 step programs is that as people have lost their identity and their credibility due to the use of drugs and alcohol. Alot of the time the have destroyed their social world and are only excepted into a few communities. The drug using community and the aa/na community. I find the strength of the aa/na programs are successful in the begining of the person recovery process because they find a non judgmental accepting atmosphere which is hard to find especially in small communities. Biggest barrier for people trying to change their life is finding a loving, and nurturing community with life giving direction.

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