The Surprising Truth About Addiction

Article on Psychology Today by Stanton Peele, PhD.

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According to Stanton Peele, PhD. "More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. That's not to say it happens overnight. People succeed when they recognize that the addiction interferes with something they value—and when they develop the confidence that they can change."

Peele discusses how successful addiction treatment places responsibility for change solely on the individual, and recognizes that positive events may be able to jump start change.