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Unbroken Brain Audiobook

Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction

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Publisher's Summary

More people than ever before see themselves as addicted to or recovering from addiction, whether it's alcohol or drugs, prescription meds, sex, gambling, porn, or the Internet. But despite the unprecedented attention, our understanding of addiction is trapped in unfounded 20th-century ideas, addiction as a crime or as brain disease, and equally outdated treatment.

Challenging both the idea of the addict's "broken brain" and the notion of a simple "addictive personality", Unbroken Brain offers a radical and groundbreaking new perspective, arguing that addiction is a learning disorder, and shows how seeing the condition this way can untangle our current debates over treatment, prevention, and policy. Like autistic traits, addictive behaviors fall on a spectrum - and they can be a normal response to an extreme situation. 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.

©2016 Maia Szalavitz (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Jennifer Sader Toledo, OH USA 08-28-16
    Jennifer Sader Toledo, OH USA 08-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I expected"

    I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about addiction as a learning disorder. There wasn't much development of this idea to explain more about why it is a learning disorder or how thinking of it that way would change our understanding of it. Instead, the author just asserted it as a basis for a lengthy discussion of the problems with current drug policies and the need for reform. I'm sympathetic to her viewpoint but was disappointed because I have heard these arguments before.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Honolulu, HI, United States 07-07-16
    Garry Honolulu, HI, United States 07-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Reconsidering all I thought I knew"

    I was raised by a raging alcoholic father and a "wire monkey" mother. I've been involved in three interventions. I went to ACA meetings on a weekly basis for ten years. I thought I knew a lot about addiction. I did not.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    reviewatr0n 10-10-16
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    "An incredible new way of understanding addiction"

    If you or a loved one struggles or has struggled with addiction you owe it to yourself to read this book. The story is incredible but the research and journalism on display are staggering in their completeness and depth of thought. This is one of the most important books I've ever read.

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    "Groundbreaking and thought provoking!"

    Five stars! The most important book in the history of understanding addiction! Wonderfully narrated and so easy to listen to, this audiobook will help thousands, if not millions, of people suffering from addiction and the family and loved ones of addicts who are struggling to understand addiction! This book is a blessing and a gift to humanity! I can't begin to describe how much this book has touched my life and helped my sobriety! I really enjoyed holding the hardback book and a highlighter while listening to this book on my headphones, highlighting passages I found relevant and really immersing myself in the book! I've listened to and read this book several times, the amount of information and data presented here is astonishing! Thank you, Audible, for making this book available! And thank you, Maia Szalavitz, this book will be the most important book about addiction of the decade, perhaps the century, I believe it is the most profound book dealing with addiction ever written! Marisa Vitali was a PERFECT choice for a narrator and brings each page alive with her inflection and delivery! I recommend this book to anyone struggling with addiction and anyone ready to accept the reality of addiction and how it effects each individual and our society. The conclusion is wonderful and presents several scientific approaches for freeing oneself from addiction! I can't praise this audiobook enough! Thank you again, Audible!

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    Alex Damato 09-20-16
    Alex Damato 09-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "PLEASE read this book!"

    Extremely educational for people who have little understanding of addiction or that world. This book totally changed my view on so many ideas, and gave me plausible, effective solutions to help my loved ones. I will be reading it again and owning a hard copy.

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    FoxMom 07-14-16
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    "Good insights for anyone with a brain."

    And for anyone who has or had an addiction to any kind of substance . Of course that includes most the human race. If you've not experienced it yourself then read it for perspective to how it's affected loved ones. I have new view of addiction and new hope for those with addictions. She also confirmed much of my skepticism of 12 step programs and our current drug laws.

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    Daniel Fresquez 11-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Much Needed Truth!"

    As an addict or someone who lives with one, this book will change your perspective on rehabilitation, and possibly your life. If you're anything like me you'll be pleased to hear the confirmation of brain science mixed with hope and compassion.

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    clinton gustafson 11-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "It keeps getting better"
    Where does Unbroken Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At first, I found the narrator a bit dry. However, I am learning more than I ever expected. It just keeps better I will listen to it again soon!


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    Wonderful!

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    Tim 10-28-16
    Tim 10-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazingly insightful"

    This book turns the entire school of thought about addiction and recovery on its head. With the science to back up her claims, Szalavitz's book is a must read.

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    cmurray 09-29-16
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    "Second reading even better "

    If I were developing curriculum for teachers I'm training this would definitely be required reading.

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