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Saturday, February 20, 5:00PM EST

Stanton Peele Interview by Dr. Tom Horvath, President, SMART Recovery

SMART is eager to make its tools and approach more widely available, as a strong resource for young people and their parents.

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This will be a wide-ranging talk about addiction and today’s youth and teens. Dr. Horvath, SMART’s President, will interview Dr. Stanton Peele on what is needed in society, in public policy, for parents, and for those in the caring and justice professions, to better help our young people. For young adults, we want to show you the power of making your own choices and having solid resources for decision-making readily available, so you can assess what’s best for you and live lives of freedom and power.

Dr. Peele has been in the vanguard of advocating for science-based addiction policy, treatment recovery approaches for over 40 years. (His breakthrough book Love and Addiction, was published in 1975!) His views have gone from highly controversial to widely accepted, and we are grateful for his continuous efforts to provide context and facts, always facts, to his examination of addiction, starting with his early recognition that addiction is not limited to drugs and alcohol.

In the decades since, Dr. Peele has turned his attention to a number of critically related areas in the field. In 2007, he described that while “addiction can be especially debilitating for the young, young people are more likely than not to outgrow it. The way out of addiction is to develop a range of skills and engage fully in life.”

How do we know if our children are in trouble or not? How does support fit into the picture of addiction? How does treatment and support for teens and young people differ from that for adults? What about social media, smartphones, video/games? How can we incorporate sensible, helpful, empowering approaches into our homes and our parenting? Bring questions and join the discussion.

Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is the author (with Ilse Thompson) of Recover! An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life. His Life Process Program is available online. His book Addiction-Proof Your Child is a model for the emerging area of harm reduction in addiction prevention. Stanton has been innovating in the addiction field since writing Love and Addiction with Archie Brodsky (one of his 12 books.) He has won career awards from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and Drug Policy Alliance. Additional information can be found at Dr. Peele’s website:

Tom Horvath, Ph.D., is a California licensed and board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP).  He has been President of SMART Recovery® for over a decade and is the founder and president of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. He is past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology, the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists. He is also the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions, listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”.

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Please be invited to enjoy podcasts of prior Events, including those with Drs. Peele and Horvath, at: