The Unbroken Brain Book Review

Have you been struggling with a form of addiction?Do you need help dealing with it ?
Well,you are at the right place because i will take you through what you can do to bring you a step closer in dealing with your problem.

First of all i think you have really done yourself good by accepting that you dealing with some form of addiction and you are trying to overcome it.

Its only by accepting and getting help that you can actually break free of whatever addiction.

Now,in this review,i am going to take you through a book that can help you overcome your addiction. This book is called the unbroken brain book.

I will take you through what it is, what it talks about,its cost and lastly my thoughts about this book.

I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets then,get started on the unbroken brain book review:

Name : Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction

Author: Maia Szalavitz

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Genre : Self Help Book

Language: English

Publisher :  St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date : April 5, 2016

What It Is
This is a book that offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective, arguing that addictions are learning disorders and shows how seeing the condition this way can untangle our current debates over treatment, prevention and policy.

By illustrating what addiction is, and is not, the book illustrates how timing, history, family, peers, culture and chemicals come together to create both illness and recovery- and why there is no “addictive personality” or single treatment that works for all.

Maia Szalavitz (born March 29, 1965) is an
American reporter and author who has focused on science, public policy and addiction treatment.

Raised in upstate New York, Szalavitz is an award-winning author and journalist. Szavalitz graduated from Monroe-Woodbury High School in 1983 and attended Columbia University .

She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College . She has been awarded the American Psychological Association’s Division 50 Award for Contributions to the Addictions, the Media Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Drug Policy Alliance ‘s 2005 Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement.

Best known as the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids , a 2006 exposé documenting abuse in the insufficiently regulated, troubled-teen treatment industry, she has written many other books including Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential – and Endangered (Morrow, 2010) and The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (Basic, 2006), both coauthored with Dr. Bruce D. Perry ; and co-authored Recovery Options: The Complete Guide with Dr. Joseph Volpicelli.

She blogs for the Huffington Post . She has written for the New York Times , the Washington Post , Newsday , New York magazine, New Scientist , Newsweek, Elle, Salon , Redbook and other major publications.

She has also worked in television – first as Associate Producer and then Segment Producer for the PBS Charlie Rose Show, then on several documentaries including a Barbara Walters ‘ AIDS special for ABC, and as Series Researcher and Associate Producer for the PBS documentary series
Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home .

Szalavitz is an investigative reporter for Time magazine and since 2004 has been a senior fellow at George Mason University’s media watchdog group

In 2009, Szalavitz partnered with Brent W. Jeffs and released Lost Boy, a biography of Jeffs’s life in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints .

In Spring 2016, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction was published by St. Martin’s Press. She was a 2015 Soros Media fellow, which supported her in writing this book.

Contents Of The Book
Needle point

A history of addiction

The nature of addiction

Intense world

The myth of the addictive personality


Hell is junior high school

Transitive nightfall

On dope and dopamine

Set and setting

Love and addiction

Risky business


The problem with bottom

Antisocial behavior

The 12-step conundrum

Harm reduction

The kiwi approach

Teaching recovery

Neurodiversity and the future of addiction.

What The Book Talks About

In this book ,the author uses her personal experience with addiction and over a quarter century studying and reporting on addictions research to unequivocally state what’s really going on with addiction.

Addiction may be tied to the brain, but it is hardly a disease of the brain the way Alzheimer’s is. And if it is a sickness, it isn’t a sickness the way cancer is. Addiction isn’t tied to a body part or a physical system in that way. If we insist on calling it a disease, then we should say that it is a disease of the whole person or something like a sickness in the way we live. It is tied up, of its very nature, with action and the will, with feelings, and with relationships.

There are so many myths about addiction, the book reminds us. For example, there is the idea that once an addict, always an addict. And then there is the idea that mere exposure to a drug or behavior causes addiction.

The facts are: The substantial majority of people who try drugs or potentially addictive activities (such as gambling) do not become addicts.

And the bulk of those who do will eventually give up their addictions.
Addiction, Szalavitz notices, is, predominantly, a problem of youth.

Most addicts get started when they’re still kids. And, remarkably, most addicts give up their addiction by the time they reach their 30s. In effect, they age out of their addiction.

The author hypothesizes that, addiction is a developmental disorder . Specifically, it is a learning disorder, by which she means, in the first instance, that people, kids mostly, learn to be addicts.

That is, they develop the habits of pleasure, action, reaction, etc., that makes up their addiction.

The vast majority of addicts have suffered great trauma early on in life. Sexual abuse or other forms of violence, the loss of a parent, divorce are not uncommon antecedents of addiction.

The cliche that addiction begins as a form of self-medication is probably right. The future addict learns to use the drug as part of an economy of feeling and action. It’s not the drug, or the behavior, that is the source of the addiction. The substance is a tool or a technique for an ultimately inadequate self- mastery and control.

There is a lot discussed in this book about addiction my advise to you is to get a copy and discover more since i cannot possibly put out everything discussed in the book here.

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

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My Thoughts
This is a great and interesting book!

It is well written to help you understand more about addiction.

I think i would recommend this book to somebody dealing with a form of addiction. It surely does provide great insight on the topic.


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as your questions.

I hope you found this review useful to you.

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