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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.


Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts

July 7th, 2016

Episode 611 of 905 episodes

Tough love, interventions and 12-step programs are some of the most common methods of treating drug addiction, but journalist Maia Szalavitz says they're often counterproductive. In her new book, 'Unbroken Brain,' Szalavitz argues against the notion of "addictive personalities" and instead makes the case that addiction is similar to a learning disorder. Her book is based on research as well as personal experience; Szalavitz was addicted to cocaine and heroin from the age of 17 until she was 23. Also book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Underground Airlines,' a new novel of alternate history by Ben H. Winters that imagines the Civil War never happened, and that slavery still exists in a few states.

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