Is Addiction a Learning Disorder? Understanding Substance Use with Maia Szalavitz
The fundamental wiring of addiction is a brain change and it's a kind of learning, and so you might call it pathological learning, because it's so deeply embedded.
On The Beyond Addiction Show, Josh King interviews Maia Szalavitz, author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on the treatment of substance use, about her perspective on addiction as a learning disorder. Szalavitz believes that addiction is not about moral failing, willpower, or strength, but rather a brain change and a kind of pathological learning. Through their conversation, King and Szalavitz discuss harm reduction, coping skills, and the importance of mindfulness in recovery.
They also unpack the idea of addiction as a disease and the need for international prohibition reform. The Beyond Addiction Show provides a helpful resource for those looking to understand the evidence-based treatments of substance abuse and other co-occurring behaviors. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and learn how to empower yourself or a loved one towards recovery.