Recovery in the Middle Ages - Two Middle-Aged Suburban Dads Talk About Recovering From Addiction to Drugs & Alcohol.

Discussing ”Unbroken Brain” by Maia Szalavitz - Is Addiction a Learning Disorder? Find Out Now!

November 5, 2021

RMA-Episode 61 Show Notes:


This week on RMA: Addiction. Is it a disease of the brain, or is it something better thought of as a maladaptive learned behavior? Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavits 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.


Combining Maia Szalavitz’s personal story with a distillation of more than 25 years of science and research, Unbroken Brain provides a paradigm-shifting approach to thinking about addiction.


Plus, the week in review and the usual hijinks on a maladaptive, disordered, slightly congested episode of Recovery in the Middle Ages. 



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