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"Stanton Peele is one of the most insightful thinkers about addiction anywhere, ever. A beautiful writer, with so much to teach all of us—this 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 majority position as being overly simplistic and often wrong. Only in this way can we help drug users, render treatment more effective, and create positive drug policies."—Carl Hart, Ph.D., Columbia University Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, author of High Price

"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 program—both utterly simple and profound—that 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

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.
                                                                                                                             
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Ilse Thompson, co-founder of the blog Stinkin-Thinkin: Muckraking the 12 Step Treatment Industry, is a writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. 
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; y First edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216751
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life, by Dr. Stanton Peele, offers exactly the kind of innovative, "out-of-the-box" solution to addiction that we in the therapy community have been seeking for years. As counselors and therapists, we see our clients struggle with destructive thinking patterns and behaviors that accompany addiction, yet these almost always stem from other, more deeply rooted habits of "automatic" thought and emotional responses. All too often these are not resolved when the patient attempts a traditional 12-Step recovery program. Sadly, these self-destructive patterns and experiences (feelings of shame, worthlessness, helplessness) are sometimes made worse after an unsuccessful experience in a traditional recovery program, and resulting feelings of "powerlessness" and "sickness" only exacerbate addiction behaviors. I have already seen positive results for my clients who have begun working through Dr. Peele's newest book. I am very excited and grateful to have this empowering and optimistic new framework for understanding recovery to share with my clients. I am convinced that Dr. Peele is on the cutting edge of a modern understanding of addiction and recovery, and future generations will regard him as a pioneer in this important work. Shawn Briley - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Denise on January 26, 2014
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Before I read this remarkable book, I believed the disease idea that my addictions were uncontrollable. This book allowed me to direct my attention to the source of my addictions, and to practice a mindfulness that permitted me to control my urges that formerly caused me to relapse. Instead, I learned visualization to nip my cravings in the bud. Moreover, I gained the realization this I COULD control and eliminate my addictive behaviors. This book was a blessing for me.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christina on January 26, 2014
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Anyone who is struggling with an addiction this is the book for you. The thing I like about Peele is that his books are designed to help people with more than just alcohol or drug addiction but all types of addictions. By following his books and other writings you learn that it isn't just about treating maladaptive behaviors but making your life better in the overall!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cmw on March 7, 2014
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Peele is genius in his field for making things as simple as possible and no simpler. His common sense approach combined with empirical, evidence based medicine demonstrate unequivocally that addiction is behavior and not an incurable disease. Peele could have called this book, Stop Feeling and Start Thinking: Change your Thinking and Change your Life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on October 6, 2014
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FINALLY!! Something for those of us non-believers who don't twelve-step our 'helpless' selves into recovery. No guilt trips, no god, no bs--just concrete, actionable steps to help you go forward in your life as a non-addict. Excellent, should be sold as a two-pack along with "Goodbye Hangovers, Hello Life!". Women in recovery especially are not served by being told to endlessly mea culpa and accept powerlessness. That sense of powerlessness is reason number one why most people (women especially!) START drinking in the first place. This is not meant as a condemnation of AA, even though I personally feel it is too cult-y for me. Whatever works, but empowerment and accountability are going to serve you a WHOLE lot better than guilt and shame, which virtually guarantee a relapse.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Neil on January 28, 2014
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The American culture has fostered the addiction = disease mentality to no advantage. 60% recidivism from 12-step programs bear this out. The more someone believes they are diseased, the less control they feel they have. Peele's approach - though compassionate and forgiving - puts the onus for addiction where it belongs: squarely on the shoulders of us addicts reminding us that we make choices with consequences. Despite the ubiquity of "I have no control of my behavior", Peele reminds us that these patterned choices are harmful habits that may grant temporary respite from our troubles. What's most valuable is that Peele and his co-author Ilse Thompson provide sensible solutions to break the cycle of bad choices.
Make no out-of-hand judgments until you read this book; you may toss away a chance to reverse course and find success.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Cash on January 24, 2014
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Stanton Peele saved me from my addiction with his book, 7 Tools to Beat Addiction. He now goes one step beyond that in Recover! to a whole new realm of condciousness. I can't recommend this book too highly if you worry about your addictive habits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Carol Francey on March 12, 2014
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There is a wonderful approach to getting that confidence which is there for good. That's cool. Also, it's an evidence based approach so it's based on experiences which worked. I'm an alcohol and drug counsellor and love it! We've moved beyond shame and blame. You're so much more resilient and capable to put that episode (no matter how long) and get on with life. Nice to be smart and in control. Thanks!
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