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Recover!

Recover! Stop thinking like and addict and reclaim your life with The PERFECT Program

For decades you've been told that addiction is an irreversible disease, a biological force over which you have no control. That defeatist message not only is without scientific foundation, but actually prevents your overcoming addiction.

Now, world-renowned addiction expert Stanton Peele demystifies addiction and offers a groundbreaking program that puts at your disposal what does work in treatment and recovery.

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Addiction Proof Your Child

Addiction-Proof Your Child

Will your kids drink or smoke marijuana? Quite possibly. But don’t panic. In a world where binge drinking, recreational and prescription drug abuse, chronic overeating and anorexia, and internet gambling and pornography are all too common among teens, it’s time to rethink conventional wisdom about addiction. We clearly need something more than “just say no.” This book is the alternative.

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7 Tools to Beat Addiction

7 Tools to Beat Addiction

Once again, Dr. Stanton Peele confronts the sacred cows of the addiction / recovery industry with a new book that shows how to overcome addiction with or without treatment. In 7 Tools to Beat Addiction, Peele liberates readers from the disease model of addiction and presents a program for recovery based on his thoroughly grounded and sane perspective on the nature of addictions of all kinds.

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Resisting 12-Step Coercion: How to Fight Forced Participation in AA, NA, or 12-Step Treatment

Stanton Peele, Charles Bufe, with Archie Brodsky

Stanton and his colleagues respond to the overwhelming use of coercive referrals to substance abuse treatment (read "12-step treatment") in the United States with a primer on the legal, ethical, and clinical aspects of such treatment. The authors find that the empirical basis for claims that 12-step treatment is useful is weak at best. Important research has found no benefits — or even negative results — from assignment to AA and related treatments, and certainly other treatments are at least as effective. Moreover, a personal resolution to participate in a particular treatment is an important component in effective therapy.

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The Meaning of Addiction

Stanton Peele

The Meaning of Addiction presents an entire non-reductive, experiential model of addiction. It became a major nondisease text, including use at Harvard. It has become the classic expression of the extensive research that shows addiction cannot be resolved biologically — lived human experience and its interpretation are central to the incidence, course, treatment, and remission of addiction.

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The Truth About Addiction and Recovery

Stanton Peele & Archie Brodsky, with Mary Arnold

In this revolutionary analysis of addiction, Stanton Peele and Archie Brodsky draw on years of research to refute the contention that addictions are biologically based diseases that last a lifetime. Examining addiction within the context of people's lives, they show that addictive behavior is a way of coping with situational stress — and that it can be overcome without medical treatment or 12-step groups.
A practical nondisease approach to addiction, based on the methods both of self-curers and of effective motivational, skills-training, and community-based therapies.

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Diseasing of America

Stanton Peele

A popular book explaining the movement in America toward disease theories of behaviors and their negative consequences for law, morality, and social and individual health. Diseasing of America was widely reviewed, largely positively, including JAMA, Health Affairs, American Health, Psychology Today, Psychiatric News, and JSA.

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Love and Addiction

Stanton Peele with Archie Brodsky

This was the first full-length book to describe addictive properties of love, and of non drug experiences generally. It quickly became a classic reference. It presents the underlying model of addiction to an experience which provides a unifying way of viewing drug, gambling, love and other addictions. This book was mass-marketed and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, as well as being excerpted in Classic Contributions in the Addictions, a graduate text at Harvard Medical School. Fifteen years after its publication, during the heat of the codependence movement, The Nation reviewed L&A as the best book on the subject.

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Alcohol and Pleasure: A Health Perspective

Stanton Peele and Marcus Grant (Eds.)

There is no simple threshold between the experience of drinking and the pleasure it can bring on the one hand and the pain and suffering caused by alcohol abuse on the other. But if we are to understand the role of alcohol in society, then at the very least we need to acknowledge the pleasure as well as the pain. Alcohol and Pleasure aims to bring together existing knowledge on the role of pleasure in drinking and determine whether the concept is useful for scientific understanding and policy consideration.

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How Much is Too Much: Healthy Habits or Destructive Addictions

Stanton Peele

There is no simple threshold between the experience of drinking and the pleasure it can bring on the one hand and the pain and suffering caused by alcohol abuse on the other. But if we are to understand the role of alcohol in society, then at the very least we need to acknowledge the pleasure as well as the pain. Alcohol and Pleasure aims to bring together existing knowledge on the role of pleasure in drinking and determine whether the concept is useful for scientific understanding and policy consideration.

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The Science of Experience: A Direction for Psychology

Stanton Peele

In this book, Stanton presents the reasoned and empirical basis for a psychology that exists beyond neurochemical impulses – the idea that psychology is an emergent reality that stands, and must be analyzed and understood, on its own terms. Without such an analysis we can never come to the wellsprings of human behavior.

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Visions of Addiction: Major Contemporary Perspectives on Addiction and Alcoholism

Stanton Peele (Ed.)

Visions presents the major dimensions of addiction theory in terms of the various perspectives that contribute to its understanding – including neurochemical, genetic, pharmacological, learning, peer group, ego psychology, disease and other views presented by leading theorists and researchers in the field.

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Promoting Self-Change from Problem Substance Use: Practical Implications for Policy, Prevention and Treatment

Klingemann, H., Sobell, L., Peele, S., et al. (Eds.)

For many years, what has been known about recovery from addictive behaviors has come solely from treatment studies. Only recently has the study of recoveries in the absence of formal treatment or self-help groups provided an alternative source of information.

This book on the process of self-change from addictive behaviors is the first of its kind, as it presents more than research findings. Rather, it presents the process of self-change from several different perspectives - environmental, cross-cultural, prevention and interventions at both societal and individual level. It provides strategies for how health care practitioners and government policy makers alike can aid and foster self-change. Directions for future research priorities are also presented.

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