Jessica Lahey with Mary Laura Philpott - The Addiction Inoculation (Online Event)

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Signed bookplates available!

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.

Jessica Lahey writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Atlantic and 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. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons.

Mary Laura Philpott is the author of I Miss You When I Blink, the nationally bestselling memoir-in-essays. Her writing has been featured frequently by The New York Times and also appears in such outlets as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Paris Review Daily, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and others. Across her work, Philpott examines the overlap of the absurd and the profound in life, literature, and culture.


Jessica Lahey photo by Sharona Jacobs; Mary Laura Philpott photo courtesy of author



The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence By Jessica Lahey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062883780
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Published: Harper - April 6th, 2021

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed By Jessica Lahey Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062299253
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - August 23rd, 2016

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays By Mary Laura Philpott Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982102814
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020