Addiction in Society

Addiction—the thematic malady for our society—entails every type of psychological and societal problem

We're at a Watershed on Addiction

While trauma is recognized as a cause of addiction, prophylactic parenting is not seen as the strong antidote to addiction that it is. This issue is highlighted by David Sheff's militant medicalization of addiction, versus my "Addiction-Proof Your Child" and the Center For Motivation and Change's new version of CRAFT addressed to parents and families enmeshed in addiction. Read More

You are so sane

What a breath of fresh air you are and all the new books coming out. The sad thing is that I see Brad Pitt is making his book a BEAUTIFUL BOY into a film ...so now we will have another by A list film promoting this crap. What are we gonna do. ..You need to be on Bill Maher and John Stewart or even FOX

get out there with that Book . Its great !!! My film will come out, Claudia's film will come out, Greg Horvaths film will come out this year and then A major network will also tell a story.

I do think we need to come together and forma a non profit to help promote each modality. Thank you for your work Stanton!

Profit PLZ...Profit !

Its like Thomas McLellan said: Its us-america its about dollars.

Your column

To Mr. Peele,
I'd be grateful if you'd forward me an email address so I can write to you directly. Obviously you haven't read my books if you don't understand that I completely agree that we must -- and CAN-- addiction-proof our kids. Much of Clean and articles I've written are about how parents matter more than any other single force in our kids' lives and how we can learn to be more effective when it comes to protecting our kids--helping them to grow up healthily.
Commenter Profit PLZ quotes Tom McLellan. Another thing Dr. McLellan says is that people who are working to help our kids grow up safely and drugfree and working to end addiction circle the wagons and shoot inward. It makes no sense. We're in this together. We all want the same thing: to protect our kids from dying. My email address is dsheff@gmail.com
By the way, I work closely with the Partnership.

Thanks for being in touch, David

I appreciate your outreach. David, from what you have learned about psychology and CBT recently, does the following syllogism make sense: "The actual BELIEF in the disease theory makes recovery more difficult--if taken fully seriously, impossible." Ponder that idea -- it is quite significant if true, wouldn't you agree? It is the case I make in Recover!

Here are three references (two of which we cite in our book, the third of which has recently appeared) showing this to be fundamentally true:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1360-0443.91.12s1.7.x/abstract

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/health/study-finds-nicotine-gum-and-pa...

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/01/24/0956797613516981.full

(same ref.) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/should-obesity-be-a-dis...

Now, if this is true, David --every time you focus on the idea of addiction as an irreversible disease, you produce worse outcomes -- something to conjure with, do you agree?

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Stanton Peele, PhD, JD, is the author of Recover! He has been a pioneer in the addiction field since publication of Love and Addiction in 1975.

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