How best-selling author Jessica Lahey prevents children from becoming addicted

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Meet Jessica Leahy

Jessica Lahey has been a teacher for more than 20 years, of which five years have been teaching at the Youth Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center. She is also a best-selling author of the New York Times.

Her books include “The Gift of Failure: How the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed” and “Addiction Vaccination: Cultivating Healthy Children in a Culture of Dependence”.

She has written articles on education, parenting, and child welfare for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly.

She co-hosted the #AmWriting podcast with best-selling authors KJ Dell’Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

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Why Jessica Leahy is mentally strong

Jessica described herself as an alcoholic. She decided to break the intergenerational cycle of addiction in the family.

Although their genes are inherited, she sought to learn how to prevent her son from becoming addicted, which prompted her to write “Addiction Vaccination”.

She wants to use her story and the information she found to teach others how to reduce the risk of drug abuse problems in children.

What will you hear in the show

  • Why many attempts to prevent drug abuse actually backfire
  • Why Jessica wants her kids to know that she is an alcoholic
  • Jessica teaches her kids about drugs and alcohol strategies
  • How to talk to children about drugs and alcohol in a way they really want to listen
  • How to check in regularly with your child
  • Why is it so important to monitor children’s mental health
  • Risk factors that increase the likelihood that someone will have a substance abuse problem
  • Protective factors to reduce risk
  • Why you can’t rely on the school to teach drug abuse prevention
  • How family pets can prevent your kids from becoming addicted
  • Why is family dinner together so important
  • Why the DARE program does not work
  • Questions that can help you learn more about your child’s interest in material
  • How to make children decline invitations to participate in dangerous behaviors
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You will learn about material use and spiritual power


There are many misunderstandings about drug abuse and mental power. Some people think that drug abuse problems are a sign of weakness.

However, it is not. There are many factors that can lead to drug abuse problems.

There is a link between mental illness and addiction. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems may increase someone’s risk of addiction.

Improving mental health and strengthening mental strength may reduce risks. Adults can take steps to teach children skills to reduce the possibility of substance use problems.

Jessica’s famous quote

Jessica Leahy

I don’t think family dinner is just family dinner. I really think it’s about sitting down, looking at each other’s eyes, and having the opportunity to talk to each other.

— Jessica Leahy

  • “Social exclusion is an important risk factor for drug abuse.”
  • “If you have a very heavy risk aspect, then your protection aspect will have to be heavier to exceed the risk aspect.”
  • “We know-especially during this pandemic-that strengthening children’s social and emotional learning is indeed more important than ensuring that they can increase two points.”

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