Stanton Peele

Stanton Peele is a psychologist who has changed the addiction field.

He has pioneered, among other things, the idea that addiction occurs with a range of experiences, recognition of natural recovery from addiction, and the harm reduction approach to addiction.

This site includes many of his widely read writings (see, for example, Why Addiction Isn't a Disease) and media appearances, including Oprah, Bill O'Reilly and Fox & Friends.

Created in 1996, this website is one of the oldest in the world. The goal then was the same as it is today: To make Stanton Peele's writings and ideas available to a large audience, for free if possible.

Please see the Online Library for a large collection of articles and book chapters written by Stanton Peele, or visit the Bookstore for his books. Stanton's Life Process Program is available as an online addiction program.

Stanton on Dec 5 Cato Policy Forum "Is It The Drug? Rethinking Conventional Views of Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction.”

You can view it by clicking on this link:


Cover Outgrowing AddictionStanton’s New Book With Zach Rhoads:

Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of “Disease” Therapy

#1 Amazon New Release in Addiction

America’s drug scourge continues unabated, even while we pour resources into traditional disease therapy and 12-step programs. This book is about the evidence-based solutions that actually help, with practical information for parents, drug users, helping professionals, and policy-makers.

Read more about Outgrowing Addiction...

Addicted Parents as Presidents: Can people with twisted relationships with their children run the country?

President Donald Trump has been meeting world leaders at the G20 (the meeting of the world’s most powerful country’s leaders). He isn’t accompanied by his wife, but by the oldest of his five children with his three wives, Ivanka.

At G20, Ivanka has appeared in official pictures with world leaders and the president. She participates in private meetings with these leaders. Observers find this arrangement bizarre — a “take your daughter to work and rule the world” day.


Stanton's latest work

Stanton’s 50-Year Addiction Report Card

Stanton began working on Love and Addiction (which was published in 1975) in 1970. In these forty years he has predicted a remarkable number of addiction trends. By now it is clear that the way in which Stanton has reframed addiction for the past four decades – sometimes facing extreme opposition – has been prescient. Addiction is not a consequence of taking drugs and drinking. Rather, it arises from the way in which these and other compelling activities fit into people’s lives and meanings.