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Addiction—the thematic malady for our society—entails every type of psychological and societal problem
Stanton Peele Ph.D.
We would rather opioid users die than to consider sensible ways to allow people to take drugs.
Prince died due to mixing unprescribed opioids.
Odysseus is a great lover and brilliant man and leader, but he is not a partnering human being.
Every mass killing is followed by the same set speeches, interviews, and narratives.
A national guide to addressing trauma, and an assessment of how we are doing.
"American Crime," a true-to-life television crime series, offers a startlingly different — and accurate — portrayal of addiction.
Despite claimed advances in restrictions on painkiller prescriptions, and advances in opioid addiction treatment, drug deaths continue to rise precipitously. What gives?
Women are changing in the frequency with which they display behavioral disorders, or at least in the ways and types of substances they consume.
Kurt Andersen hates irrationality, except when it comes to alcohol.
Greta Gerwig's mother didn't fight the filmmaker's aspirations. Rather, she nurtured the cinematic genius that is Gerwig, and specifically the family love of New York.
Drugs can be consumed in positive ways in positive surroundings with positive people.
Roy Moore embodies an arrested sexual development common among fellow Republicans and conservative Christians.
Greta Gerwig's film "Lady Bird" depicts a child whose mother can't accept her - but who ends up a self-sustaining, successful human being anyway. And she loves her mother.
Greta Gerwig is the first great American woman "auteur" director - so what's a century to two?
In economics and educational opportunity, African Americans have barely been keeping pace in recent decades (if even doing that well), even as whites overestimate their status.
Harvey Weinstein sought a mother's love and admiration, combined with sexual devotion, in 20-year-olds, an addiction that doomed him.
African Americans' status has deteriorated over the last 50 years, while whites strive to isolate themselves from black problems. Liberals do so while denying this segregation.
It took the police SWAT squad more than an hour to reach Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock after he stopped shooting and killed himself. Don't worry if you believed it was minutes!
The Massachusetts Supreme Court commences today deciding whether addiction is a disease that removes the capacity to choose. What would be its implications for decriminalization?
We are growing more depressed, with young people in the lead, and our pharmaceutical response is obviously not working. How about psychedelics?
Corrupt charities are a fact of life — often including the most sanctified, and sanctimonious, charities and their leaders. Here are some highlights of this tradition.
People who attempts mass murders often seem to have been unusually involved in youthful video games, which DSM-5 failed to label "addictive." Is that an oversight?
Each party rejects the other's key themes. But there are three ideas that cannot be defeated in contemporary America. Support these three "memes" and, sure as shooting, you're in.
Your lousy sex life is likely due to your overachieving participation in the capitalist system. Just ask women who have lived under both communism and capitalism.
The opioid painkiller addiction crisis reported by the Christie Commission doesn't exist, according to government data. Dangerous use remains a problem, which the report ignores.
Law enforcement officers assaulting violent criminals, as Donald Trump suggests they do, is exactly the opposite of the best interrogation techniques for convicting criminals.
When a prominent medical school dean was revealed to have used so-called "addictive drugs" before, he was terminated instantly due to what school authorities called his "disease."
O.J. Simpson will be released from prison after a parole hearing for his armed robbery conviction. But his self-image and demeanor are identical to when he was tried for murder.
Values determine behavior. The way to understand the current administration, and especially the dispute about collaborating with the Russians, is to understand Trump family values.
As American experts consistently misplace their emphasis about addiction on drugs, rather than people, more people die. But those at high risk of victimhood are voiceless anyhow.
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is the author of Recover! He has worked in the addiction field since the publication of Love and Addiction in 1975.
Addiction—the thematic malady for our society—entails every type of psychological and societal problem.