The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence (MP3 CD)

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This was one of our top selling books of 2021 because we made a very large sale to a liquor industry organizaiton that addresses youth alcohol prevention. That said, it's a meticulously well researched – as well as very personal – book about what it takes to teach our kids about the risks of alcohol abuse and it should be on every parent's bookshelf. And don't wait until your kids are teens to read it. In order to prevent your kids from becoming addicted to substances, it's best to start when they're really young. But I picked it up when my kids were both over 21 and I had recently tackled my own alcohol use issues and it was every bit as useful! 

— Becky


"The Addiction Inoculation is a vital look into best practices parenting. Writing as a teacher, a mother, and, as it happens, a recovering alcoholic, Lahey's stance is so compassionate, her advice so smart, any and all parents will benefit from her hard-won wisdom." --Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex and Boys & Sex

In this supportive, life-saving resource, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure helps parents and educators understand the roots of substance abuse and identify who is most at risk for addiction, and offers practical steps for prevention.

Jessica Lahey 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. Jessica has worked as a teacher in substance abuse programs for teens, and was determined to inoculate her two adolescent sons against their most dangerous inheritance. 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. 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.

The Addiction Inoculation 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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781799956822
ISBN-10: 1799956822
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Language: English

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