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The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure, was born into a family with a long history of alcoholism and drug abuse. Despite her desire to thwart her genetic legacy, she became an alcoholic and didn’t find her way out until her early forties. But she knows that all children, regardless of their genetics, are at some risk for substance abuse. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, teen drug addiction is the nation’s largest preventable and costly health problem. And despite the existence of proven preventive strategies, nine out of ten adults with substance use disorder report they began drinking and taking drugs before age eighteen.

The Addiction Inoculation is a comprehensive resource parents and educators can use to prevent substance abuse in children. Based on research in child welfare, psychology, substance abuse, and developmental neuroscience, this essential guide provides evidence-based strategies and practical tools adults need to understand, support, and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children. The guidelines are age-appropriate and actionable, from navigating a child’s risk for addiction, to interpreting signs of early abuse, to advice for broaching difficult conversations with children. This is an empathetic, accessible resource for anyone who plays a vital role in children’s lives — parents, teachers, coaches, or pediatricians — to help them raise kids who will grow up healthy, happy, and addiction-free.

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Author Jessica Lahey
ISBN 006288378X
Publication Date Apr 6, 2021
Publisher Harper
Language English
Category Physical / Emotional Development, Special Circumstances
Parenting Books Age Child / School Age, Pre-Teen, Teen