#192 – Episode 192 – Parenting as Prevention with Jessica Lahey


In this not to be missed episode, Veronica interviews Jessica Lahey, author of The Addiction Inoculation, about what to tell our kids about alcohol and drugs.

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Protecting my children the from this world of addiction is always at the forefront of my mind.

Our guest today is Jessica Lahey, the author of The Addiction Inoculation, a book about what to tell our kids about alcohol and drugs.

For parents in recovery, we often worry about how we can protect our children and help them to choose a different path than we did, despite access being so much easier than when we were kids.

As someone with a substance use disorder, Jessica wrote The Addiction Inoculation from the perspective of her experiences, combined with important research. She set out to answer the questions of what works for prevention, the role of genetics in addiction, and how parents and educators can worth together. I think you’re really gonna love this interview, and I highly recommend getting a copy of The Addiction Inoculation for yourself.


About Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey 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 and The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. Over twenty years, Jess has taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools, and spent five years teaching in a drug and alcohol rehab for adolescents in Vermont, and serves as a prevention and recovery coach at Sana at Stowe, a medical detox and recovery center in Stowe, Vermont. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, is a book critic for Air Mail, and her biweekly column “The Parent Teacher Conference” ran for three years at the New York Times. She designed and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ award-winning animated series The Stinky and Dirty Show, and was a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee for her Creative Nonfiction magazine essay, “I’ve Taught Monsters.” Jess holds the dubious honor of having written an article that was later adapted as a writing prompt for the 2018 SAT. She co-hosts the #AmWriting podcast with bestselling authors KJ Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen, and lives in Vermont with her husband, two sons, and a lot of dogs.

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