ANNOUNCING: Tom Horvath Interviews Stanton Peele: Recreating Addiction Treatment in the 21st Century

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MENTOR, Ohio - April 17, 2015 - PRLog -- Recreating Addiction Treatment for the 21st Century

Tom Horvath Interviews Stanton Peele

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT


“Look beyond the walls of therapy, towards independence and empowerment.” ~ Stanton Peele

Stanton Peele will return to SMART Recovery to discuss Recreating Addiction Treatment in the 21st Century with Dr. Tom Horvath, SMART’s President.  The evolution of thought in attitudes and the treatment of those with addictions is shifting. Choice and empowerment have become accepted wisdom as keys to personal change. This wide-ranging discussion will branch from the history of attitudes towards and treatment of addiction to take a bold look into the future.

As arguably the most compelling speaker on addiction in the world today, Dr. Peele has been on the forefront of this sweeping change all along. He has devoted his career to providing people with facts about addiction, regardless of their popularity, and salient approaches, for both individuals and policy, based on those facts. Dr. Peele’s point of view is global. His revolutionary framework encourages people to look at addiction in the context of their lives, rather than limiting themselves to any single label. Addiction is never the totality of one’s being.  Here is where so many of Dr. Peele’s views intersect with those of SMART.  Dr. Peele and SMART agree that we make choices in our lives and that we can learn to make better ones. We agree that we are guided by our values and that we can examine and build strong values and beliefs that serve us and the world around us.

Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D., is a seminal figure in the addiction field.  Dr. Peele has been a pioneer in applying addiction beyond the area of drugs and alcohol, social-environmental causes of addiction, harm reduction, and self-cure of addiction. Dr. Peele has developed the online Life Process Addiction Program.  His most recent book, with Ilse Thompson, is Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life with The Life Process Program.  Since the publication of Love and Addiction in 1975, he authored twelve books and over 250 professional and popular articles. Recognition for his work includes the Mark Keller Award from the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drug Policy Alliance.  Dr. Peele lectures internationally on the meaning, treatment, and future of addiction.  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”.

Dr. Peele's ongoing participation in SMART's Special Events series is part of a collaboration between Stanton and Tom that spans more than two decades.  SMART Recovery is pleased to provide its Special Event Webinars free of charge as an ongoing public service.

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