Maiz Szalavitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.

Unbroken Brain was released in paperback on May 9, 2017.

Below are articles by, and interviews with, Maia Szalavitz. The most recent are listed first, from the present through 2016. Maia’s pre-2016 writing is here.  Last updated 1/17/18.

Photo by Bettina Hansen of The Seattle Times

Photo by Bettina Hansen of The Seattle Times

Forced Rehab Isn’t the Solution, Tonic/Vice, 1/9/18

Going After Weed in the Middle of a Deadly Opioid Crisis Is Insane, Vice, 1/9/18

What We Don’t Know About Drugs Is Killing Us, Vice, 12/29/17

Scott Walker’s Drug Testing Policy: Expensive, Humiliating, and Dangerous, Rewire, 12/19/17

The surprising factors driving murder rates: income inequality and respect, The Guardian, 12/8/17

The DEA Raided This Doctor’s Office for Prescribing High Doses of Painkillers, Tonic/Vice, 12/7/17

It Doesn’t Take a Genius to Solve the Opioid Crisis, Vice, 12/4/17

Century of Lies, Drug Truth Network, podcast interview with Doug McVay, 12/3/17

Doctors Who Hate Drug Users Are Fueling the Opioid Crisis, Vice, 11/22/17

A Much-Hyped Addiction Treatment Is Less Effective Than Older Meds, Tonic/Vice, 11/16/17

Stress is bad for your health. Today’s political uncertainty makes it worse, The Guardian, 11/7/17

Cracking Down on Opioids Hurts People with Chronic Pain, Tonic/Vice, 11/3/17

A Different Lens on Addiction, podcast interview with Eric Zimmer, The One You Feed, 10/31/17

The Terrifying New Trend in Heroin Addiction, Vice, 10/17/17

If we don’t focus on why people overeat, we will never solve obesity, The Guardian, 9/27/17

This Woman’s Opioid Relapse Could Change Drug Laws Forever, Vice, 9/26/17

The Social Life of Opioids, Scientific American, 9/18/17

Cultural Baggage Radio Show, podcast interview with Dean Becker, Drug Truth Network, 9/10/17

Rethinking Addiction with Maia Szalavitz, podcast interview with Scott Barry Kaufman, The Psychology Podcast, 9/6/17

This Fentanyl Test Could Save Lives if America Would Just Embrace It, Vice, 8/31/17

This American War on Drugs, On the Media, 8/25/17

It’s Time to Stop Calling People ‘Addicts’, Tonic/Vice, 8/21/17

Why social capital could be the key to solving America’s overdose epidemic, The Guardian, 8/16/17

What Trump’s National Opioid Emergency Should Look Like, Vice, 8/14/17

Secret Safe Injection Site Response to US Drug Crisis, video interview, The Real News, 8/13/17

There’s Been a Secret Safe Injection Site in the US for Three Years, Tonic/Vice, 8/10/17.

Tonic Talks video panel discussion on opioid epidemic, Facebook, 8/3/17

The True Origins of the War on Drugs, podcast, News Beat, 8/17

Addiction is Like an Ill-Advised Love Affair, Tonic/Vice, 7/28/17

How Safe Is America’s Hottest Hottest Heroin Addiction Treatment?, Vic, 7/26/17

The Radical Therapist #034 – Transforming Addiction Treatment, Prevention, and Policy w/ Maia Szalavitz, podcast interview with Chris Hoff, 7/23/17

Making the Case that Drug Addiction Is a Learning Disorder, interview with Rachel M. Cohen, Alternet, 7/9/17

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?, The Guardian, 7/5/17

The Rich and the Middle Class Make the Same Decisions As Poor People, Alternet, 7/5/17

Ohio Lawmaker Suggests Letting People Die If They’ve Overdosed Twice Before, Tonic/Vice, 6/27/17

The Psychedelic Revolution Is Being Led by a 79-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Tonic/Vice, 6/24/17

Prescribed Painkillers Didn’t Cause the Opioid Crisis , Tonic/Vice, 06/20/17

America’s Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent, Vice, 06/20/17

Why We Should Say Someone Is A ‘Person With An Addiction,’ Not an Addict, NPR, 6/11/17

The AP Learns to Talk About Addiction. Will Other Media Follow?, Undark, 6/6/17

Could This Controversial Treatment Help More People Beat Heroin Addiction?, Women’s Health, 6/6/17

Maia Szalavitz On a Quarter Century of Addiction Activism, interview with Anne Giles, The Fix, 5/29/17

Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it’s about class, The Guardian, 5/25/17

Trump Says Mass Murder of Drug Users Is ‘Great,’ and That’s Terrifying, Vice, 5/24/17

Why taking drugs to treat addiction doesn’t mean you’re ‘still addicted’, Sarah Wakeman and Maia Szalavitz, STAT News, 5/18/17

I Smoked Weed Three Times and Ended Up in Rehab Hell, Vice, 5/15/17

Why Americans hate ‘getting high’, Green State, 5/11/17

Donald Trump’s Drug Czar Is Very High on Forced Rehab, Vice, 4/24/17

Why Do Gifted Autistic Children Fly Under the Radar?, Paste, 4/21/17

WYNC On The Media, interview, 4/14/17

‘Addiction is love gone awry’: We shouldn’t shame drug users, says best-selling author, interview with Bob Young, Seattle Times, 4/5/17

Why Deadly Fentanyl Is So Hard to Wipe Out, Vice, 4/3/17

Why Trump Probably Won’t Crack Down on Pot, Vice, 3/17/17

An opioid action plan with one troubling flaw: doubling down on dealer arrests, Daily News, 3/14/17

Autism’s Hidden Habit, Spectrum, 3/1/17; republished by The Atlantic, 3/2/17

The Feds Are About to Stick It to Pain Patients in a Big Way, Vice, 2/28/17

Why Every Generation Freaks Out About a New Drug, Vice, 2/13/17

The War on Drugs Reevaluated: Donald Trump’s Promise of More Jobs Could Mean Less Drug Abuse, part 4 of 5, The American Spectator, 1/16/17

Why Heroin Users Aren’t As Afraid of Deadly Fentanyl As They Should Be, Vice, 1/16/17

The War on Drugs Reexamined: How Marijuana Could Help Fight the Overdose Epidemic, part 3 of 5, The American Spectator, 1/12/17

Dopamine: The Currency of Desire, Scientific American, 1/17

The War on Drugs Reexamined: Treating Opioid Addiction: A Radical Way, part 2 of 5, The American Spectator, 1/11/17

The War on Drugs Reexamined: President Trump Needs to Gut Regulations That Harm Effective Drug Policy, part 1 of 5, The American Spectator, 1/10/17

You Can Rely On Drugs Without Being An Addict, Vice, 12/10/16

Dopamine: The Currency of Desire, Scientific American Mind, 12/8/16

Squaring the Circle: Addiction, Disease and Learning, Neuroethics, 12/3/16

Shrooms Could Make Cancer Patients Less Afraid of Death, Vice, 12/1/16

How Much of a Disaster Will Trump’s Drug Policies Be?, Vice, 11/23/16

US Addiction Statistics Are Dire. Small Changes Won’t Solve the Problem, The Guardian, 11/18/16

Episode #154: Rethinking Addiction With Maia Szalavitz, podcast, SmartDrugSmarts, 11/11/16

How Marijuana Won the Election, Vice, 11/10/16

The Chemistry of Addiction Explains Why Disappointment Hurts So Much, New York Magazine, 11/9/16

Why We Shouldn’t Charge Drug Dealer’s for Their Clients Deaths, Vice, 11/2/16

Why the Codependency Myth of Drug Addiction Needs to Die, Vice, 10/25/16

A genocide of dehumanized drug users, Chicago Tribune, 10/9/16

Do Viral Videos of Heroin Overdoses Make You Uncomfortable? They Should, The Guardian, 10/7/16

Why we ignore thousands of killings in the Philippines: The victims were drug users, Washington Post, 10/6/16

The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction, New York Times, 9/29/16

The DEA Is About to Make Life Even More Dangerous for Heroin Users, Vice, 9/26/16

Addicted to Anticipation: What goes wrong in the brain chemistry of a gambling addict, Nautilus, 9/15/16

Reducing the Painkiller Supply Could Make America’s Opioid Problem Even Deadlier, Vice, 9/13/16

Maia Szalavitz, The Queue, interview, 9/9/16

Why Is the US Supporting the Brutal, Deadly Assault on Drug Users in the Philippines?, Vice, 8/18/16

How Wall Street Dehumanized Teenage Inmates with Scientology-Infused Therapy, Vice, 8/5/16

What’s a Town to Do About Addiction?, 8/3/16

Episode 59: Unbroken Brain, Right Turn Radio, podcast, 8/1/16

A Truly Awful New York Times Article Shows How Addicted People Are Still Seen as Unworthy of Life, The Influence, 7/28/16

The Rules Around Opioid Maintenance Would Be Seen as Unconscionable in Any Other Branch of Medicine, The Influence, 7/27/16

Meeting Maia Szalavitz, interview, VolteFace, 7/25/16

What Science Says To Do If Your Loved One Has An Opioid Addiction, FiveThirtyEight, 7/19/16

‘Unbroken Brain’ Explains Why ‘Tough’ Treatment Doesn’t Help Drug Addicts, NPR, 7/7/16

Why we should decriminalize all drugs, The Guardian, 7/5/16

The Difference Between Being Happy and Being High, Vice, 6/30/16

Can You Get Over an Addiction?, New York Times, 6/26/16

Episode 62 – Maia Szalavitz, podcast, The Human Experience, 6/20/16

A New Definition of Addiction Makes Rehab and Recovery More Effective, Big Think, 6/16/16

Do We Need “Trigger Warnings” for Depictions of Drug Use?, The Influence, 6/1/16

Addictions are harder to kick when you’re poor. Here’s why, The Guardian, 6/1/16

Unbroken Brain: interview with journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, podcast, KBOO, 6/1/16

The Tragic, Pseudoscientific Practice of Forcing Addicts to ‘Hit Rock Bottom’, commentary by Jesse Singal, New York Magazine, 5/31/16

Is Addiction a Learning Disorder?, Open Society, 5/27/16

Century of Lies, podcast interview, 5/22/16

A New Understanding of Addiction, KERA, podcast interview, 5/17/16

Unlearning Addiction, VolteFace, 5/16/16

The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Addiction to Painkillers, Vice, 5/16/16

Opioid Overdose: Emergency Treatment Is Crucial, but It’s Not Enough, Scientific American, 5/13/16

Opioid Addiction Is a Huge Problem, but Pain Prescriptions Are Not the Cause, Scientific American, 5/10/16

The public scorns the addiction treatment Prince was going to try. They shouldn’t. Washington Post, 5/9/16

In the video below published 5/9/16, the introduction of the speaker begins at 4:10.


Are America’s Anti-Drug Laws Scientific? Or Are They Colonialist and Racist?, interview, Big Think, 5/7/16


Focus on Preventing Addiction Instead of Prescribing Medication, New York Times, 5/5/16

Attract Patients to Addiction Treatment, Don’t Force Them Into It, New York Times, 5/4/16

Rethinking Drug Prohibition on a Global Scale, Vice, 5/2/16

Does Addictions Treatment Require a Higher Power?, NPR, 5/1/16

Unbroken Brain: My “It’s Complicated” Relationship With Alcoholics Anonymous, The Influence, 4/26/16

Street opioids are getting deadlier. Overseeing drug use can reduce deaths, The Guardian, 4/26/16

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think, interview, Business Insider, 4/26/16

Maybe Addiction Is More Like a Learning Disorder Than a Disease, interview, Gizmodo, 4/18/16

Heroin: A New Look at Addiction and Its Treatment, podcast interview, The Halli Casser Jayne Show, 4/16/16

Why Addiction Is a Learning Disorder, interview, The Daily Beast, 4/8/16

Addiction as a Learning Disorder, podcast interview, The Brian Lehrer Show, 4/7/16

Addiction is a learning disorder: Why the war on drugs is useless, AA undermines treatment, and addiction studies can learn a lot from autism, interview, Salon, 4/7/16

How Parents Talk to Their Kids About Drugs in 2016, Vice, 4/6/16

The Myth of the Addictive Personality, Gawker, 4/5/16

Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime, The Guardian, 4/5/16

If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is it Criminal?, Democracy Now, 3/31/16, video interview. Note: The interview in the video above refers to part one which is here.

The Genes for Pot Addiction Have Been Identified, Time, 3/30/16

Curbing pain prescriptions won’t reduce overdoses. More drug treatment will, Guardian, 3/29/16

We’ve Got the Heroin Epidemic All Wrong, The Dallas Morning News, 3/21/16

Five Myths About HeroinWashington Post, 3/4/16

Why Isn’t America Doing the One Thing That Would Reduce Heroin Deaths Right Now?, Vice, 2/8/16

The Rehab Industry Needs to Clean Up Its Act. Here’s How, The Influence, 2/4/16

Is Shame an Antidote to Addiction?New York Times, Letter to Editor (scroll down), 2/3/16

Other Writing Prior to 2016