Harm Reduction Speakers Series: Stanton Peele Presents: What Will Replace the 12 Steps?
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wollman Hall (B500), Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street, New York, NY
The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center in partnership with The New School for Social Research present the Harm Reduction Speakers Series featuring Dr. Stanton Peele. This event will focus on "What Will Replace the 12 Steps?"
Dr. Peele has been at the cutting edge of addiction theory and treatment since his publication (with Archie Brodsky) of Love and Addiction in 1975. He has authored 12 books and 250 articles, as well as developing the Life Process Program for addiction treatment. His next book (with Ilse Thompson), Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict, will be published in February, 2014.
Although dissatisfaction is growing with AA's 12 steps as the principal -- indeed the sole -- approach to addiction treatment in the U.S., it is not clear yet what will replace it. At one time the leading candidate might have been CBT approaches including motivational interviewing and behavioral relapse prevention. It now appears that addiction medicine tools, principally narcotic antagonist and maintenance (methadone, Suboxone) medications, will serve that function. In coalescing around these tools, many drug policy reformists and 12-step critics are actually contradicting the essential elements that define policy reform and CBT therapy: addict self-management and self-respect, while instead accepting, projecting, and perpetuating infantilizing and degrading disease conceptions of addiction.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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