Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250055822
- ISBN-13: 978-1250055828
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Editorial Reviews Review “Maia Szalavitz is one of the bravest, smartest writers about addictionanywhere. Everything she writes should be read carefully – I guarantee you’llhave a lot to think about, and you’ll know far more than at the start.” – Johann Hari, _New York Times _bestselling author of _Chasing the Scream_ __ __”Maia Szalavitz is one of our most incisive thinkers about neuroscience in general and addiction in particular and her writing is astonishingly clear and compelling. In the timely, important, and insightful _Unbroken Brain, _Szalavitz seamlessly interweaves her moving personal story with her investigation into what addiction is (and isn’t) and how we can most effectively prevent and treat it.” –David Sheff, _New York Times_ bestselling author of _Clean_ and _Beautiful Boy_ __ __”Through the lens of her own gripping story of addiction – supported with empirical evidence – Szalavitz persuasively shows that addiction is a disorder of learning, _not_ one characterized by progressive brain dysfunction.” –Carl Hart, Ph.D., author of the Pen/Faulkner award-winning _High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society_ __ __”Of the countless writers out there who’s focus is addiction, no one can begin to touch the brilliance of Maia Szalavitz. She is by far my favorite addiction writer, perhaps one of my favorite writers ever. Her passion and exceptional writing talent combined with her exhaustive research, create a book that will inspire, educate, enrage, and entertain. I can only promise one thing: if you read this book, you will never be the same again.” –Kristen Johnston, actress, author of the _New York Times_ bestselling memoir _Guts_, addiction advocate, founder of SLAM, NYC “As more professionals realize that addiction isn’t really a disease, ourchallenge is to determine exactly what it is. Szalavitz catalogs the latestscientific knowledge of the biological, environmental and social causes ofaddiction and explains precisely how they interact over development. Thetheory is articulate and tight, yet made accessible and compelling through theauthor’s harrowing autobiography. _Unbroken Brain_ provides the mostcomprehensive and readable explanation of addiction I’ve yet to see.” –MarcLewis, author of _The Biology of Desire_ “… a new way of looking at drug addiction that offers a fresh approach tomanaging it. [Salavitz] writes frankly about her background …. In aheartfelt manner, she exposes her own fears and pain … A dense blending ofself-exposure, surprising statistics, and solid science reporting thatpresents addiction as a misunderstood coping mechanism, a problem whose truenature is not yet recognized by policymakers or the public.”_ –Kirkus_ “Journalist Szalavitz offers a multifaceted, ground-up renovation of theconcept of addiction–both its causes and its cures.”_-PW_ About the Author MAIA SZALAVITZ is one of the premier American journalists covering addictionand drugs. She is co-author of _Born for Love_ and_ The Boy Who Was Raised asa Dog_, both with Dr. Bruce D. Perry. Her book, _Help at Any Cost_ is thefirst book-length expose of the “tough love” business that dominates addictiontreatment. She writes for _TIME_.com, the _New York Times, New York Magazine,Scientific American, Elle, Psychology Today, VICE, _and _Marie Claire _amongothers.
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