Addiction as a Learning Disorder

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Americans commonly think of drug addiction as one of two things: a crime, or a disease. One expert says it's neither.

Maia Szalavitz, neuroscience journalist, harm reduction advocate and the author of Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction (St. Martin's Press, 2016), draws on her own experience with a heroin and cocaine addiction to argue for a new model of treatment.