Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control / Edition 1

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There is absolutely no proven scientific evidence supporting the misconception that substance abuse and other addictions are genetically acquired diseases. Shocked? Diseasing of America is a powerful and controversial rebuttal to the "addiction as disease model" that many vested interests-including doctors, counselors, psychologists, treatment centers, and twelve-step programs that specialize in addiction treatment-don't want you to read.

Incl. alcoholism in America/the addiction trmt industry/etc.

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"A courageous indictment of the destructive mindset that all deviant behavior is a disease. Peele offers mindful alternatives to those suffering from addictions and to professionals seeking to help them." (Ellen Langer, professor of psychology, Harvard University)

"I found the arguments in Diseasing of America persuasive and carefully documented. While I find current addiction-treatment models helpful, I think it is critical to look at Stanton Peele's work to question our fundamental assumptions and adjust them on the basis of data." (Jennifer P. Schneider, author of Back From Betrayal and Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness, and member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine)

"A provocative review of the uses and abuses of the disease model in the past three decades. This important book has significantly added to my education and clinical understanding of addiction in my professional practice." (Richard R. Irons, The Menninger Clinic)

"Peele makes it clear that the disease model of addiction is an emperor without clothes. By placing addictive behaviors in the context of other problems of living, he emphasizes personal responsibility for one's habits. The book empowers the reader to view addiction in a new optimistic light." (G. Alan Marlatt, director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington, and coauthor of Relapse Prevention)

Argues that the disease model of chemical and alcohol addiction has no basis in scientific fact and has spawned a recovery movement that is grossly ineffective. Social psychologist Peele explains how the recovery industry grew and recommends alternatives to the medicalization of addiction. In addition to not helping the alcoholic or substance abuser, he argues, the disease model often allows addicts not to face the moral and legal responsibilities of their actions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787946432
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/1999
  • Edition description: 1999 Reissued Paper Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 461,840
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Why Addiction Is Not a Disease (And Why We Should Care that It Not Be Treated as Such).

Alcoholism in America (How We Discovered that Alcohol is Addictive and that So Many People Are Alcoholics).

Who Says what the Truths about Alcoholism Are?

Transforming the Addict onto a Role Model, and the Person into an Addict.

The Addiction Treatment Industry.

What Is Addiction, and How Do People Get It? (Values, Intentions, Self-Restraint, and Environments).

How People Quit Addictions, Usually on Their Own.

Our Confusion over Law, Morality, and Addiction.

How We Lost Control of Our World.

Creating a World Worth Living In (Community, Efficacy, and Values).

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