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April 5, 2021 49 min
In this episode I interview Jessica Lahey. Her latest book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, published by Harper Collins will be released April 6th, 2021 every where books are sold. Jessica writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. She is 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. Lahey is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. In this episode we dive into The Addiction Inoculation. This is a well written book with engaging stories and loaded with useful information. We explore questions like... How has the pandemic affected drug and alcohol use by teens? What does alcohol and drugs do to the teen brain? Does vaping impact the young persons brain? Is there a correlation between sleep and substance abuse? What risk factors make it more likely that a teen will abuse alcohol or drugs? How to talk to your kids about substance abuse? Also, we discuss refusal skills and exit strategies and how we can empower our teens to resist peer pressure. And we talk about how to tip the scales of addiction and what are the protective factors that outweigh risk. Check out her book or contact her at Follow on instagram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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