My guest today is Jessica Lahey. Jessica 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. She currently serves as a recovery coach at Sana at Stowe, a medical detox and recovery center in Stowe, Vermont, where 100% of her salary goes to a scholarship fund for young adults. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Washington Post, New York Times, and The Atlantic, is a book critic for Air Mail, and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ award-winning The Stinky and Dirty Show. She co-hosts the #AmWriting podcast with bestselling authors K.J. Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen from her house in Vermont, where she lives with her husband, two sons and a lot of dogs.

In this episode we explore:

  • Jessica’s new book, The Addiction Inoculation
  • The complexity of whether adolescents develop substance use issues
  • Jessica’s personal experiences later in life with addiction 
  • The role that AA has played in her recovery 
  • The missing gaps in our education system for preventing substance use disorders
  • What it means to live in a culture of dependence

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Jessica’s website: https://www.jessicalahey.com/

Her books: https://www.jessicalahey.com/books

#AmWriting Podcast: https://amwriting.substack.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jplahey

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jesslahey

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