Author Jessica Lahey Turned Her Alcoholism Into Mission To Protect Kids From Substance Abuse

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The former teacher’s new book, The Addiction Inoculation, offers parents evidence-based advice for keeping children away from addiction

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Original Source: people.com

Bestselling author Jessica Lahey grew up surrounded by alcoholism. In her extended family, the stash of peppermint gum at her grandparents’ house was for hiding the smell of booze on the grownups’ breath. “Nap” was code for sleeping it off. And children were not to question any of it.

“We weren’t supposed to talk about what I saw right in front of me — the slurring, the forgetting, the ‘I’m just going to lay down for a nap,’ ” says Lahey, 50. “There was a lot of napping.”

Now, all Lahey does is talk about it …click here to continue reading

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