Outgrowing Addiction: With Common Sense Instead of "Disease" Therapy (Paperback)
Drug overdoses continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout the U.S., resulting in 72,000 deaths last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The response, tragically, has been to charge full-speed ahead with "solutions" that have already, and consistently, failed.
In this book, Stanton Peele, a prominent addiction expert, and Zach Rhoads, a child behavior interventionist and counselor, show that defining addiction as a "disease" makes recovery much more difficult, and that twelve-step programs fail for most participants.
But they don't just criticize. They provide a solid, research-and-experience-based alternative approach that has proven to be successful in overcoming the scourges of suicide, depression, addiction, and drug-related deaths.
The authors show that maturing out of addiction and childhood behavioral problems is a normal process—unless people are sidetracked by the widespread and commonplace therapies that undercut natural growth and self-confidence.
They present extensive research data about natural recovery and case studies of fully recovered adults and of children with various conditions, for a developmental model of addiction that has been proven to help those who are suffering. Much of the focus is on childhood addiction, but their conclusions and methods are helpful for people of all ages.
Their work forms the basis for the Life Process Program, a worldwide online parenting and addiction coaching service.
Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is an addiction expert who has investigated, written about, and treated addiction over five decades. He is the author of 14 previous books that have sold, collectively, almost two million copies. These include such classics as "Love and Addiction," "The Truth about Addiction and Recovery," "Diseasing of America," and "7 Tools to Beat Addiction." He has received awards for his lifetime contributions from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and Drug Policy Alliance. Stanton was recognized in The Atlantic as one of “10 people who are revolutionizing how we study addiction and recovery.”
In the course of his life’s work, Stanton has identified that addiction isn’t limited to drugs. He was among the first to describe natural recovery and its anchorings in life through work, marriage, and family. He is a pioneer in the harm reduction approach to addiction, in which abstinence is not the be-all and end-all of treatment. Along with his many books and academic and popular articles, he has created the Life Process Program, developed for a successful residential rehab center, the online version of which is now used around the world.
Zach Rhoads is a consultant for families and children. In this role, Zach has demonstrated a gift for communicating with kids who are having difficulties—along with families and teachers who are stymied by their failures to reach these children. Zach developed this empathy through his own problems as a child who wasn’t successful at school and for whom standard diagnoses and treatment weren’t helpful. Moreover, in his 20s he developed a heroin addiction, which—after several years and a near-death experience—he left behind. Zach is also a Life Process Program coach.