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Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence

We talk with author and educator Jessica Lahey about her new book, The Addiction Inoculation. Part parenting manual, part memoir, her book chronicles her own struggles with addiction and how she has approached protecting her own children from their most dangerous inheritance, substance use disorder. She joins us to discuss strategies and practical tools to understand, support, and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children.

Air date: Monday, April 29, 2021

GUEST:  Jessica Lahey writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for TheAtlantic,   The Washington Post, and the New York Times.   She is the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. She is also co-host of the #AmWriting podcast.


The DHHS Statewide Addiction Crisis Line provides assistance on topics related to substance abuse at 1-844-11-4357.The New Hampshire State’s alcohol and drug helpline has professional counselors that take the call of individuals with substance abuse problems, and can be reached by calling 2-1-1.

Many Alcoholics Anonymous groups offer virtual meetings. For more informal peer support, there are apps such as Loosid

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration runs a 24/7 helpline (800-662-HELP), and website,, offering referrals for addiction treatment.

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