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

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10 thoughts on “Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control

  1. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    Stanton Peele, The Diseasing of America 2 E Lexington, 1995 There are two types of people in the world those the recovery zombies have already attacked, and those they will It doesn t matter if you don t drink and don t smoke, they ll find something else about which you re diseased perhaps you enjoy shopping, you like to eat, you spend a couple of weekends per year in Vegas Did you know these are all symptoms of diseases Oh, you didn t Well, they are Don t believe it You must be in d Stanton Peele, The Diseasing of America 2 E Lexington, 1995 There are two types of people in the world those the recovery zombies have already attacked, and those they will It doesn t matter if you don t drink and don t smoke, they ll find something else about which you re diseased perhaps you enjoy shopping, you like to eat, you spend a couple of weekends per year in Vegas Did you know these are all symptoms of diseases Oh, you didn t Well, they are Don t believe it You must be in denial Here, let us help you lead awell adjusted life.Peele seeks atonement for starting this craze with his book Love and Addiction in 1984 As a side note, the one important thing Peele does NOT try to atone for is his almost singlehanded corruption of the definition of the term addiction, which he misuses throughout the book when reading it, you might be better served by substituting the word compulsion every time you see addiction Addiction requires, by definition, a physical component, and thus it is impossible to be addicted to most of the things that Peele admits are really addictive He does this by stating in no uncertain terms that the addiction recovery industry has gotten way out of hand, then spends the next two hundred fifty pages outlining one of the scariest stories I ve ever read the sixty year history of the recovery industry, beginning with the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.Along the way, Peele stops on occasion to point out some obvious factors we tend to overlook in our quest for political correctness e.g the race and class based aspects of alcoholism, which are blatantly obvious to the eye but resisted by the mind thanks to decades of being told that alcoholism has nothing to do with class or race While he occasionally slips into the same crevasse he s trying to close by citing statistics without backing them up, the majority of what he gives us is surrounded with footnotes and citations, important when you re accusing those around you of pulling their figures out of thin air.Some of Peele s ultimate conclusions should be taken with at least a grain of salt he could have done himself a couple better by continuing his questioning to its ultimate conclusion, rather than stopping a step short and wholeheartedly endorsing the family values idea, which may need questioned eventhanAA s dogma , but that doesn t make the research any less valuable In a society where innocent until proven guilty is a the rule, anyone who expects their word to be treated as gospel and makes sweeping statements only needs one person to find fault with one supposed fact they spout Peele has found a lot of faults with a lot of facts in the original AA dogma, and shows us exactly how the most distorted pieces of the AA marketing scheme have been used to create and power the larger recovery industry in America today.They will come after you The faster you read this book, and the longer you spend absorbing its contents, the better armed you ll be when someone accuses you of addictive actually, compusive behavior While I can t give the book five stars thanks to Peele s wimping out in the last chapter, this is certainly a life changer, and one of the most important books that s ever crossed my path I strongly urge everyone I know to read this as quickly as possible 1 2


  2. Ade Bailey Ade Bailey says:

    Written some ime ago and dealing with the USA, Peele s message is evenrelevant today Extrapo ating claims of the addictions industrusties it would seem that there is a larger population of addicts in America than there is a population of people We are all supposed to be addicts now, all victims of genetic or biological or brain disease We all need help, and we will pay good money for it.Addictio as a disease is a myth Peele shows why Throw away your snake oil charms, higher powers am Written some ime ago and dealing with the USA, Peele s message is evenrelevant today Extrapo ating claims of the addictions industrusties it would seem that there is a larger population of addicts in America than there is a population of people We are all supposed to be addicts now, all victims of genetic or biological or brain disease We all need help, and we will pay good money for it.Addictio as a disease is a myth Peele shows why Throw away your snake oil charms, higher powers amd live with yourself as a responsible agent


  3. Lukas Szrot Lukas Szrot says:

    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 efficacy and accountability To believe for example, that a person who drinks too much has a bad habit and should abstain or cut down rather than saddling them with the label alcoholic and declaring that because they drink too much at this point in their lives they have a chronic, progressive illn 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 efficacy and accountability To believe for example, that a person who drinks too much has a bad habit and should abstain or cut down rather than saddling them with the label alcoholic and declaring that because they drink too much at this point in their lives they have a chronic, progressive illness and must attend treatment and seek a spiritual awakening to cope This is not merely bad science It is bad judgment, and ignores or downplays the fact that we as sentient beings have a choice We are responsible for our actions, and how they affect us and others as social creatures and members of a community


  4. Fishface Fishface says:

    Well researched, well thought out, well written book takes issue with some of the destructive ideas salted away inside the Twelve Step philosophy A very empowering read with major policy implications.


  5. Michael T. McComb Michael T. McComb says:

    Stanton does a great job of opening your eyes to the broken addiction recovery system in place here in the United States.


  6. Travis Fox Travis Fox says:

    A great view point on addiction and behaviorThoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it transformed the way I view alcoholism.I have a new understanding now of causes of behaviors and a new philosophy on how to deal with my problems I see the negative impact of categorizing so many of our behaviors as diseases.


  7. Carl Carl says:

    An important landmark from the moderate wing of the anti addiction thinkers arising in the 1980s For me, Peele s Meaning of Addiction is better, clearer,efficient.


  8. Bob Bob says:

    Another excellent, thought provoking book dealing with the difficult issue of addiction how to think about it deal with it Valuable read Another excellent, thought provoking book dealing with the difficult issue of addiction how to think about it deal with it Valuable read


  9. Ellis Amdur Ellis Amdur says:

    An indictment of the current common wisdom that deviant behavior drug and alcohol addiction, gambling, overeating, too much or the wrong kind of sex, even crime is a disease The book is somewhat dated but still relevant, as this false epidemic, which defines people as helpless against their desires and compulsions is all theprevalent today.


  10. D D says:

    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.


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Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control ➼ [Reading] ➾ Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control By Stanton Peele ➱ – Polishdarling.co.uk A Controversial Argument Against the Disease Theory of Addiction Diseasing of America is a powerful and controversial rebuttal to the addiction as disease model that many vested interests including do A Controversial Argument Against America: How ePUB ☆ the Disease Theory of Addiction 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 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 Diseasing of PDF or 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 of America: How ePUB ´ Irons, MD The Menninger Clinic.

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  • Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control
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  • English
  • 19 July 2019
  • 0787946435

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10 thoughts on “Diseasing of America: How We Allowed Recovery Zealots and the Treatment Industry to Convince Us We Are Out of Control

  1. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    Stanton Peele, The Diseasing of America 2 E Lexington, 1995 There are two types of people in the world those the recovery zombies have already attacked, and those they will It doesn t matter if you don t drink and don t smoke, they ll find something else about which you re diseased perhaps you enjoy shopping, you like to eat, you spend a couple of weekends per year in Vegas Did you know these are all symptoms of diseases Oh, you didn t Well, they are Don t believe it You must be in d Stanton Peele, The Diseasing of America 2 E Lexington, 1995 There are two types of people in the world those the recovery zombies have already attacked, and those they will It doesn t matter if you don t drink and don t smoke, they ll find something else about which you re diseased perhaps you enjoy shopping, you like to eat, you spend a couple of weekends per year in Vegas Did you know these are all symptoms of diseases Oh, you didn t Well, they are Don t believe it You must be in denial Here, let us help you lead awell adjusted life.Peele seeks atonement for starting this craze with his book Love and Addiction in 1984 As a side note, the one important thing Peele does NOT try to atone for is his almost singlehanded corruption of the definition of the term addiction, which he misuses throughout the book when reading it, you might be better served by substituting the word compulsion every time you see addiction Addiction requires, by definition, a physical component, and thus it is impossible to be addicted to most of the things that Peele admits are really addictive He does this by stating in no uncertain terms that the addiction recovery industry has gotten way out of hand, then spends the next two hundred fifty pages outlining one of the scariest stories I ve ever read the sixty year history of the recovery industry, beginning with the foundation of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935.Along the way, Peele stops on occasion to point out some obvious factors we tend to overlook in our quest for political correctness e.g the race and class based aspects of alcoholism, which are blatantly obvious to the eye but resisted by the mind thanks to decades of being told that alcoholism has nothing to do with class or race While he occasionally slips into the same crevasse he s trying to close by citing statistics without backing them up, the majority of what he gives us is surrounded with footnotes and citations, important when you re accusing those around you of pulling their figures out of thin air.Some of Peele s ultimate conclusions should be taken with at least a grain of salt he could have done himself a couple better by continuing his questioning to its ultimate conclusion, rather than stopping a step short and wholeheartedly endorsing the family values idea, which may need questioned eventhanAA s dogma , but that doesn t make the research any less valuable In a society where innocent until proven guilty is a the rule, anyone who expects their word to be treated as gospel and makes sweeping statements only needs one person to find fault with one supposed fact they spout Peele has found a lot of faults with a lot of facts in the original AA dogma, and shows us exactly how the most distorted pieces of the AA marketing scheme have been used to create and power the larger recovery industry in America today.They will come after you The faster you read this book, and the longer you spend absorbing its contents, the better armed you ll be when someone accuses you of addictive actually, compusive behavior While I can t give the book five stars thanks to Peele s wimping out in the last chapter, this is certainly a life changer, and one of the most important books that s ever crossed my path I strongly urge everyone I know to read this as quickly as possible 1 2


  2. Ade Bailey Ade Bailey says:

    Written some ime ago and dealing with the USA, Peele s message is evenrelevant today Extrapo ating claims of the addictions industrusties it would seem that there is a larger population of addicts in America than there is a population of people We are all supposed to be addicts now, all victims of genetic or biological or brain disease We all need help, and we will pay good money for it.Addictio as a disease is a myth Peele shows why Throw away your snake oil charms, higher powers am Written some ime ago and dealing with the USA, Peele s message is evenrelevant today Extrapo ating claims of the addictions industrusties it would seem that there is a larger population of addicts in America than there is a population of people We are all supposed to be addicts now, all victims of genetic or biological or brain disease We all need help, and we will pay good money for it.Addictio as a disease is a myth Peele shows why Throw away your snake oil charms, higher powers amd live with yourself as a responsible agent


  3. Lukas Szrot Lukas Szrot says:

    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 efficacy and accountability To believe for example, that a person who drinks too much has a bad habit and should abstain or cut down rather than saddling them with the label alcoholic and declaring that because they drink too much at this point in their lives they have a chronic, progressive illn 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 efficacy and accountability To believe for example, that a person who drinks too much has a bad habit and should abstain or cut down rather than saddling them with the label alcoholic and declaring that because they drink too much at this point in their lives they have a chronic, progressive illness and must attend treatment and seek a spiritual awakening to cope This is not merely bad science It is bad judgment, and ignores or downplays the fact that we as sentient beings have a choice We are responsible for our actions, and how they affect us and others as social creatures and members of a community


  4. Fishface Fishface says:

    Well researched, well thought out, well written book takes issue with some of the destructive ideas salted away inside the Twelve Step philosophy A very empowering read with major policy implications.


  5. Michael T. McComb Michael T. McComb says:

    Stanton does a great job of opening your eyes to the broken addiction recovery system in place here in the United States.


  6. Travis Fox Travis Fox says:

    A great view point on addiction and behaviorThoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it transformed the way I view alcoholism.I have a new understanding now of causes of behaviors and a new philosophy on how to deal with my problems I see the negative impact of categorizing so many of our behaviors as diseases.


  7. Carl Carl says:

    An important landmark from the moderate wing of the anti addiction thinkers arising in the 1980s For me, Peele s Meaning of Addiction is better, clearer,efficient.


  8. Bob Bob says:

    Another excellent, thought provoking book dealing with the difficult issue of addiction how to think about it deal with it Valuable read Another excellent, thought provoking book dealing with the difficult issue of addiction how to think about it deal with it Valuable read


  9. Ellis Amdur Ellis Amdur says:

    An indictment of the current common wisdom that deviant behavior drug and alcohol addiction, gambling, overeating, too much or the wrong kind of sex, even crime is a disease The book is somewhat dated but still relevant, as this false epidemic, which defines people as helpless against their desires and compulsions is all theprevalent today.


  10. D D says:

    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.


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