"Stanton Peele has long been at the forefront of the battle to understand addictions and eliminate the twin myths that addicts are powerless over their addictions and that they have a lifelong 'brain disease.' In Recover!, he has taken another crucial step toward freeing us from these prejudicial, disempowering misconceptions while truly helping people suffering with addiction."--Lance Dodes, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (retired); coauthor, The Sober Truth
"At a time when addiction is being trumpeted as a 'brain disease,' Peele slashes through the hyper-medicalized rhetoric to get to the human core of addiction and recovery. This acutely insightful and compassionate book is required reading for anyone struggling with an overwhelming habit."--Sally Satel, MD, coauthor of Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience; lecturer, Yale University School of Medicine
"In Recover!, Stanton Peele and Ilse Thompson offer a blueprint to help addicts cope with their triggers, from loneliness and feeling unworthy, anxious, and overwhelmed. Recover! focuses on what's right in the addict's life, and adding to it. It's a hopeful, tangible set of tools designed to give power back to the addict--not give it up."--Gabrielle Glaser, author of the New York Times bestseller Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink--And How They Can Regain Control
"Recover!...provides an astonishing array of resources, neatly organized into accessible and sensible tasks, and a final chapter for coping with unexpected problems. In this book you will find guidance on everything you need to address in recovery. Peele writes as if he were a close friend, explaining important concepts carefully and with genuine concern that you truly understand them."--Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP; President, SMART Recovery(R) and Practical Recovery; Past President, American Psychological Association’s Division on Addictions
"Probably the world's most notable figure in addiction studies, Stanton Peele has written another great book. Recover! really is a self-help book. Unlike most of what you read, it teaches you to help yourself, rather than telling you to rely on a treatment system because helping oneself is impossible. Stanton's work assisted my recovery many years ago, and he can help you now."--Peter Ferentzy, Ph.D., author of Dealing with an Addict: What You Need to Know if Someone You Care for Has a Drug or Alcohol Problem
"Stanton Peele's insistence that addiction is not a disease, but a symptom of dysfunctional societies, families, and/or psyches is compelling, compassionate, and almost certainly correct. In Recover!, his most impressive work to date, he lays out a programboth utterly simple and profoundthat will quite literally save lives by addressing the root causes of addiction rather than pathologizing its many manifestations."--Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. & Cacilda Jetha, M.D., authors of The New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn
"I have known Stanton Peele over the decades as one of the great addiction theorists. In Recover! I re-discover him as an absolutely down-to-earth personal counsellor who makes me understand mindfulness in an entirely different way. Great book!"Bruce Alexander, Rat Park experimenter; author, The Globalization of Addiction
"Stanton Peele is one of the most insightful thinkers about addiction anywhere, ever. A beautiful writer, with so much to teach all of usthis is an absolute must-read."Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
"Dr. Peele's writings and teachings have prompted me to look beyond the flashy headlines and the position held by the majority because they are usually overly simplistic and wrong. And this is what really endangers drug users, renders treatment providers less than effective, and ultimately, leads to bad drug policies."Carl Hart, Ph.D., Columbia University Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, author of High Price
About the Author
Stanton Peele, PhD, JD, has been a cutting-edge figure in the addiction field for four decades. Since publishing Love and Addiction in 1975, Stanton has written 12 books (including The Meaning of Addiction, Diseasing of America, The Truth About Addiction and Recovery, 7 Tools to Beat Addiction, and Addiction-Proof Your Child) and 250 professional articles, won numerous awards (including from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and the Drug Policy Alliance), and created the Life Process Program for addiction treatment, which continues to be utilized worldwide. He lives in Brooklyn.
Ilse Thompson, co-founder of the blog Stinkin-Thinkin: Muckraking the 12 Step Treatment Industry, is a writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon.