Sep 6, 2017
This week we're glad to welcome Maia Szalavitz to the
podcast! Maia Szalavitz is one of the premier American
journalists covering addiction and drugs. She is a co-author
of Born for Love and The Boy Who Was
Raised as a Dog, as well as a writer for TIME.com, VICE,
the New York Times, Scientific American
Mind, Elle, Psychology
Today and Marie Claire among others.
Her latest book is Unbroken Brain, which challenges
the idea of the addict's "broken brain" and the simplistic notion
of an "addictive personality".
The key themes of our conversation include:
- The personal nature of her book and how emergent science
has helped her understand her past
- Where the brain is and isn't to blame in the rise of addiction
- "Addiction is not a sin or a choice. It's also not a chronic
- Why many addictive behaviors are adaptive, and the distinction
between an "addiction" and a "dependence"
- "Traits that we think are useless can be useful in some
- Why she advocates for a shift from belief-cased addiction
treatment (ex. 12-step program) to evidence-based treatment
- "We all learn to become who we are." We end the conversation
with a discussion of what this means to Maia and how we can all
benefit from reflecting on this idea in different facets of our
Maia offers a paradigm-shifting take on thinking about
addiction, and we think you will learn a lot from this episode.