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How to Protect Your Kids From Addiction with Jessica Lahey - Episode 34

Episode #34

Christopher interviewed Jessica Lahey. Jess shares her research and expertise in her new book helping to prevent addiction in young people. This is so needed, now more than ever. And it's everything Chris wants every family to know before a loved one's substance use gets out of control. So they might as well learn it now before they even start using substances.

Here are some of her book’s testimonials:
- “Substance abuse is a complex topic, but Lahey separates myth from reality in this deeply researched resource for parents and educators. As a therapist, I know I will be recommending her book to many families for years to come.” -- Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

- “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

- “Hard and tremendously important conversations are at the core of The Addiction Inoculation. But thanks to Jessica Lahey’s wit, compassion, and beautiful writing, reading it feels like having those conversations with your most entertaining friend who also happens to be an expert in substance abuse research, education, and child development.” -- David Epstein, author of Range and The Sports Gene

The Why Intervention Podcast is aimed at helping family and friends feel supported and encouraged that recovery from addiction is possible, for themselves as well as their loved ones. You'll hear how to affect positive change in their life and help your loved one begin a successful recovery. Host Christopher Doyle shares his insights, talks with experts, and interviews people who have gone through recovery.

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Show Notes

  • Why Chris started the Why Intervention Podcast - 1:44
  • About substance abuse - 2:52
  • Places to send kids - 4:10
  • The stories people often share - 8:02
  • Recovery for young adults is so difficult - 8:45
  • Being loved - 11:51
  • Getting into recovery - 13:45
  • Look at the stories behind the research - 14:57
  • Not understanding the consequences of the actions - 23:04
  • Friends supporting you in sobriety - 27:08
  • Moderate drinking - 30:05
  • The book under the hands of parents - 31:00
  • Substance abuse prevention programs in schools - 34:27
  • We have to help kids find the answers themselves - 39:32
  • The prescription of opioids - 46:16
  • What an alcoholic looks like - 52:23
  • Maintaining denial - 56:09


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