Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We are Out of Control

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Lexington Books, 1995 - Psychology - 321 pages
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Diseasing of America is a classic that marked a turning point in the addictions field. Stanton Peele dared to assert that while alcoholism and drug-taking may be addictions, they are not diseases. In this plainspoken and courageous critique of America's approach to addiction, Peele attacks the "addiction as disease" model promoted by Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, and drug treatment centers. He argues that more practical therapies - behavioral, family oriented, and community based - and normal maturational experiences help people more than AA. Peele documents the scientific fallacies and institutional corruption of the addiction-as-disease movement. In a sweeping historical and social commentary, Peele points the way to positive personal and social change by showing how we can support people in living non-addicted lives. Ultimately, he asserts, the only effective response to addiction is to recreate living communities that nurture constructive human capacities and give people a real stake in life.

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User Review  - Lukas Szrot - Goodreads

This was a breath of fresh air, a truly consciousness-raising book about how behavior problems being labeled diseases is both impeding our ability to deal with them and thwarting individual senses of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Doreen - Goodreads

This is the fourth book by Stanton Peele saying the same thing and making the same claims. It's hard to argue with the millions of people who have achieved sobriety through AA, but he continues to try. I'd like to see scientific, quantitative research from his next. Read full review


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STANTON PEELE, a clinician, researcher, and specialist in the field of alcohol and substance abuse, has won the Mark Keller Award from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and the Lindesmith Award from the Drug Policy Foundation. He is the author of the classic Love and Addiction and The Meaning of Addiction.

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