A Moral Vision of Addiction

How People's Values Determine Whether They Become and Remain Addicts

About the Course:

Note: M. Stanton Peele has been a voice in the field of alcohol and drug problems for many decades. His viewpoints are thought provoking and sometimes controversial. It is not required that all professionals agree with his perspectives. At a minimum, however, the thoughtful professional must consider and address the challenging concepts Peele sets forth in his writings.

Note: We offer a number of courses based on Peele’s writings. If interested, simply enter M. Stanton Peele into the Search bar.

Contemporary theories rule out faulty values as a cause of addiction. Yet evidence from cross-cultural, ethnic, and social-class research, laboratory study, and natural history and field investigations indicate the importance of value orientations in the development and expression of addictive behaviors. This publication addresses the idea of moral responsibility for people’s drug use and related behavior.

Publication Date:

1987

Author

Stanton Peele

About the Author:

Stanton Peele has been investigating, thinking, and writing about addiction since 1969. His first bombshell book, Love and Addiction, appeared in 1975. Its experiential and environmental approach to addiction revolutionized thinking on the subject by indicating that addiction is not limited to narcotics, or to drugs at all, and that addiction is a pattern of behavior and experience which is best understood by examining an individual’s relationship with his/her world. This is a distinctly nonmedical approach. It views addiction as a general pattern of behavior that nearly everyone experiences in varying degrees at one time or another.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about a moral vision of addiction. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the ways in which certain cultural and ethnic groups encourage moderation and self-control.

  2. Describe the regulation of weight and eating behavior in relationship to social values.

  3. Discuss addiction as a value-driven activity and the relationship between addictions and other negative behaviors.

  4. Explain how drug abuse relates to prosocial values and discuss natural remission in addiction.

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