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Stanton Peele
Stanton's newest book is Recover!
Stanton's newest book is Recover!

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White, W. (2015) Book Reviews: Recover!
and Recovery Now. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly
33(1), 132 - 137.

Below was my favorite part:

Stanton Peele’s name is familiar to anyone who has worked in any capacity within the modern addictions field. Stanton is a prominent speaker, commentator and prolific writer, who, in addition to hundreds of articles and blogs, has authored such books as Love and Addiction, Diseasing of America, and The Truth About Addiction and Recovery. His gadfly attacks on the portrayal of addiction as a disease, abstinence-only treatment and Alcoholics Anonymous make him one of the most polarizing figures in modern addiction treatment, but Stanton Peele has made significant contributions to the addictions field. He was one of the first writers to move beyond a focus on drugs to what came to be called process addictions—destructive relationships with people, sex, food, and work. His biting critiques of prevailing approaches to conceptualizing, treating and recovering from addiction and his proffered alternatives have moved discussions of addiction from scientific and professional enclaves to subjects worthy of broader public debate. And more than any other author writing for the general public, Peele has brought attention to alcohol and other drug problems and their patterns of resolution beyond those seen in addiction treatment or mutual aid fellowships.

Having corresponded with and shared speaking platforms with Stanton for some years, I sometimes think of him as a cross between a bullfighter waving a red cape before the leaders of the addictions field and the Trickster of Native American folklore whose actions puncture and deflate prevailing institutions and ideas. Stanton Peele is a lawyer as well as a psychologist, and he revels in a good fight.

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I described fully the Trump bullying and bullshitting operation in 2009-2011.

Donald Trump will have (more of) a nervous breakdown -- or commit suicide. As his friend Howard Stern said, "I personally wish that he had never run. I told him that. Because I actually think this is something that is going to be very detrimental to his mental health, too. Because he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved, he wants people to cheer for him. I don't think this is going to be a healthy experience for him."

Who, watching that press conference, could think differently?

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Gabor Maté's Master Class on Gaslighting

Stanton is interviewed in a podcast with Zack Rhoads in which he discusses the brain theory of addiction, AA, harm reduction as their opposite, Nora Volkow, Gabor Maté, and how disease-based treatments kill people.

The interviewer attended a workshop and watched Gabor, per usual, gaslight an unsuspecting participant -- and the group loved it! Zack detected in his class how Gabor tailors the truth to his beliefs. As well as noting the tenuousness of Gabor's scientific claims, Stanton discusses Gabor as an anti-harm reduction disease theorist.

After his workshop, Zack could find only one person in the field who critiqued Gabor -- Stanton -- in his posts The Seductive (But Dangerous) Allure of Gabor Maté and My Hostile Breakfast With Gabor Maté. Stanton discusses why people fear Maté'. For one thing his angry advocates will hound you in a way he hasn't experienced since Mary Pendery and AA were tar and feathering harm reduction practitioners.

Stanton ends by talking about what causes people to change and how to help them to resolve their cognitive dissonance in holding ideas that don't jibe with their reality -- which you might call reverse gaslighting.

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The e-book of my pamphlet, The Addiction Experience, on the inner experience of addiction, is now available.

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Naloxone Saves Lives, but Is No Cure

Sarah Connolly, 26, said she was alive because of naloxone. Seven years ago she was revived after overdosing. After overdosing, she left an emergency room to find more heroin.

She continued to use heroin, but stopped cold when she became pregnant. Now she is unrecognizable from her days of addiction. She moved to Maine, married her son’s father, is pregnant with their second child, and is studying to be a high school English teacher.

“I have a real sense of purpose now,” she said. “I believe I’m a miracle because I had a second chance.”

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