Stories by Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz is a columnist at The Fix. She is also a health reporter at Time magazine online, and co-author, with Bruce Perry, of Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential—and Endangered (Morrow, 2010), and author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006). subscribe to Maia Szalavitz's feed

Posted on: Jan 16, 2015, Source:

Here, people who get into trouble with prescribed pain pills are too often denied further treatment or even prosecuted. The UK has a smarter approach.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2014, Source:

The paper of record has picked up a bad habit in its addiction reporting. It's all about the drug, not the causes of addiction, and that's missing the point.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source:

By continuing to chase drug after drug, we miss the chance to target the real causes of addiction.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2014, Source:

"Legal high" drugs such as Spice, K2 and bath salts are changing the drug landscape.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2013, Source: The Fix

Drugs are not that dangerous. If we want to fight addiction, there are better ways than demonizing controlled substances.

Posted on: May 7, 2013, Source: The Fix

I've been on antidepressants for 20 years, and can still remember exactly when the first one started to work—allowing my recovery to begin for real.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013, Source: The Fix

Rather than treat a vulnerable population, legislators gear up to regulate them.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2013, Source: The Fix

Pinsky should either get with 21st century treatment or get off the air.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2012, Source: The Fix

While animal and human research data show that ibogaine undoubtedly does relieve opioid withdrawal—the drug is now being used in dozens of clinics around the world, often illegally.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2012, Source: The Fix

The Olympics saw only one doping (and one pot!) bust. Opposition to chemical boosting remains high, but the inevitable trend will end in an embrace—oddly, led by "smart drugs."

Posted on: Mar 31, 2012, Source: The Fix

Naloxone is a cheap, safe drug that could save countless people from overdosing on heroin and other opiates. So why isn't it in every first-aid kit?

Posted on: Mar 12, 2012, Source: The Fix

Abuse of meds by America's teens has reached epidemic proportions. But if we're serious about keeping kids away from Oxy and Adderall, we need to get honest with them.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2012, Source: The Fix

The media trumpets a crisis in Rx painkiller addiction, but only 1% of patients get hooked. The result? Doctors treat patients like addicts, while addicts escape responsibility.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2012, Source: The Fix

Much of what is portrayed in the media as “professional treatment” isn’t based on evidence of what works and can lead to boundary violations and outright abuse.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2011, Source: The Fix

America’s ambivalent relationship with drugs and medication pushes us to ignore critical differences between drugs, while failing to appreciate useful similarities.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2011, Source: The Fix

With America facing the greatest income gap since the Great Depression, the largely unpublicized link between financial inequality and drug addiction suggests big trouble ahead.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2011, Source: The Fix

As the White House prepares to launch a billion-dollar anti-Oxy war, here are some crucial facts about who gets addicted—and why.

Posted on: May 17, 2010, Source: William Morrow Press

What the social impulses of teenage girls may reveal about the development of altruism.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2008, Source: Huffington Post

We can't ignore science like Bill Clinton did and install a drug czar who will ignore science and push dogma.

Posted on: Jul 6, 2007, Source: Huffington Post

<i>Over the GW</i> takes us inside "tough love" teen programs which pose as rehabilitation clinics, but offer their patients steady physical abuse and humiliation.