In this episode, host Erin Prather Stafford spoke with Jessica Lahey, author of The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. The two discussed the importance of understanding substance abuse and how to prevent it in children and adolescents.
Lahey shares the inspiration behind writing her book: to provide parents and caregivers with the tools and information they need to keep their children safe from substance abuse. She also stresses the importance of starting the conversation early and openly communicating with children as they grow.
You can also read two personal essays Lahey shared on our site’s Parenting Resources section about supporting creativity in her children (see below) and purchase her book The Addiction Inoculation on Bookshop.org to support local, independent bookstores financially.
About Jessica Lahey
For over 20 years, Lahey has taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools, spent five years teaching in a drug and alcohol rehab for adolescents in Vermont, and serves as a prevention and recovery coach at Sana, a medical detox and recovery center in Stowe, Vermont. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and the co-host of the #AmWriting podcast.
Learn more about Lahey and her work at jessicalahey.com.
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