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ISBN-13: 978-0787943820 ISBN-10: 0787943827 Edition: 1998 Reissued Paper Edition

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"A tour de force, a spectacular effort of research and understanding. This book gives us the courage to bypass disease notions to deal with intrapsychic, family system, and social and cultural dynamics in addiction." (David Cook, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Wisconsin)

"The Meaning of Addiction presented a new paradigm of addiction. The field has since become more open to the kind of complex, contextual view of addiction and compulsive behavior that it presents. Nonetheless, it remains the classic source for expressing this point of view." (Archie Brodsky, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)

"Peele's theory of 'addiction as an experience' in The Meaning of Addiction remains a pathbreaking one that offers readers an accessible and empowering understanding of their own experiences, desires, and addictions. For understanding addictions, Peele is in my view (and for my courses on this subject) still the source of all sources." (Richard J. DeGrandpre, Department of Psychology, St. Michael's College, Burlington, Vermon)

"Stanton Peele's books have been instrumental in helping me understand my own underlying causes of addiction and how, however well-intentioned the 12-step model is, it led me to focus on the wrong aspects of addiction." (Marianne Gilliam, author, How Alcoholics Anonymous Failed Me)

"Offers a thought-provoking, insightful, and controversial perspective on the etiology of addictive behaviors. Peele challenges the biological model and provides an important alternative view on addictive behaviors. The Meaning of Addiction should be required reading for students and professionals alike." (Kim Fromme, Department of Psychology, University of Texas)

"Given the extraordinary, but largely unsubstantiated, confidence that many in both the public an professional ranks have in simplistic conceptualizations of addictive behavior, it is reassuring that sophisticated and provocative alternatives such as those proposed by Stanton Peele in The Meaning of Addiction surface from time to time. It offers hope for constructive change by putting reason an choice back into the addiction formula." (Alan R. Lang, Department of Psychology, Florida State University)

"This is a book to be read slowly, to be taken seriously, and to be debated hotly by every professional in the field. This whole subject is one of the major medical political and society problems of our civilization, and we seem unable to find any workable solution." (John A. Owen, Jr., M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine)

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An Unconventional View of Addictive Behavior as Adaptation to the Psychological, Family, Social, and Cultural Environment"The Meaning of Addiction presented a new paradigm of addiction. The field has since become more open to the kind of complex, contextual view of addiction and compulsive behavior that it presents. Nonetheless, it remains the classic source for expressing this point of view." —Archie Brodsky, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School" Peele's theory of 'addiction as an experience' in The Meaning of Addiction remains a pathbreaking one that offers readers an accessible and empowering understanding of their own experiences, desires, and addictions. For understanding addictions, Peele is in my view (and for my courses on this subject) still the source of all sources." ?Richard J. DeGrandpre, Department of Psychology, St. Michael's College, Burlington, Vermont" Stanton Peele's books have been instrumental in helping me understand my own underlying causes of addiction and how, however well-intentioned the 12-step model is, it led me to focus on the wrong aspects of addiction."?Marianne Gilliam, author, How Alcoholics Anonymous Failed Me"Offers a thought-provoking, insightful, and controversial perspective on the etiology of addictive behaviors. Peele challenges the biological model and provides an important alternative view on addictive behaviors. The Meaning of Addiction should be required reading for students and professionals alike."?Kim Fromme, Department of Psychology, University of Texas
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1998 Reissued Paper Edition edition (August 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787943827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787943820
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christina M. Zuno on November 4, 2006
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This book is very useful for those looking outside of traditional addiction theories. It shows that the theories that have been previously presented are limited and not as comprehensive as it they need to be. Excellent book for an addictions class or a review of recent theories.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Gilley on January 20, 2013
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THE MEANING OF ADDICTION, tells the truth about the industry of addiction recovery and the truth about compulsive behaviors. The research data clearly reveals that the public has been misled. We are never powerless, and the only true disease regarding addiction is the diseased integrity of professionals who are only willing to treat symptoms that they as an industry propogate for wealth.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J5308 on February 16, 2013
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Needed this for a class. The author is definitely biased in a slightly obnoxious way. I got what I needed from the book, but I feel it is only so credible a source because of the authors obvious bias.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Beauchamp on April 3, 2011
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This is a largely self-promotional work. The author has made a living for years holding himself out as an expert on addiction. Unfortunately, to do this, he has to claim to have something new and different to offer the addicted. This is how one sells books. To this end, he denigrates the 12-step approach which has helped literally millions of alcoholics and addicts of all types. This book is an overview of hand-picked addictions research. It is not a book for those that actually have an addiction and will not be helpful to those that have, except as a way to bolster one's denial and put off effective treatment.
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