Dr. Stanton Peele, Talking about Addiction with Kids and Young Adults – SMART Approaches

An Interview with Dr. Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery
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MENTOR, Ohio - Jan. 21, 2016 - PRLog -- SMART Recovery is eager to make its tools and approach more widely available, as a strong resource for young people and their parents. In 2016 we thought we would start off the year by inviting the SMART community and all interested to:

Talking about Addiction with Kids and Young Adults – SMART Approaches with Drs. Stanton Peele and Tom Horvath

Saturday, February 20, 2016

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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, his book, Addiction Proof Your Child: A Realistic Approach to Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Other Dependencies, describes 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 a seminal figure in the addiction field and 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 has 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: www.peele.net.

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”.

SMART Recovery is pleased to provide its Special Event Webinars free of charge as an ongoing public service.  Please be invited to enjoy podcasts of prior Events, including those with Drs. Peele and Horvath, at: www.smartrecovery.libsyn.com.

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