Books Maia Szalavitz Books by Maia Szalavitz Maia Szalavitz has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Maia Szalavitz Taylor Callery/Ikon Images/Getty Images Shots - Health News 'Unbroken Brain' Explains Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts Fresh Air July 7, 2016 "We have this idea that if we are just cruel enough and mean enough ... to people with addiction, that they will suddenly wake up and stop, and that is not the case," journalist Maia Szalavitz says. 'Unbroken Brain' Explains Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts Listen · 36:22 36:22 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/485087604/485139645" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Keith Negley for NPR Opinion Shots - Health News Does Addiction Treatment Require A Higher Power? May 1, 2016 Author Maia Szalavitz argues that it's impossible to destigmatize addiction while also rendering it the only diagnosis in medicine for which the treatment is explicitly moral. iStockphoto Opinion 13.7: Cosmos And Culture 'Unbroken Brain' Offers New Insights On Addiction April 29, 2016 In her new book, Maia Szalavitz presents the view that addiction is a learning disorder. Commentator Alva Noe says if he understands correctly, learning may also play a role in overcoming addiction.