Maia Szalavitz

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Maia Szalavitz is the author, most recently, of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, which is the first book on the history of harm reduction. Her previous book, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, was a New York Times bestseller and received the media award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

An earlier book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, was the first to expose the damage caused by the “tough love” business that dominates youth treatment and helped spur Congressional hearings on the matter.

She has also authored or co-authored five other books, including the classic on child trauma, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, with Bruce. D. Perry, MD, PhD. In addition, she has written essays and features for numerous publications from High Times to the New York Times.


  • Why Addiction is a Learning Disorder & Why It Matters
  • Myths About Addiction That Stymy Better Policy & Practices
  • How Harm Reduction Saved My Life