Addiction Proof Your Child: A Realistic Approach to Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Other Dependencies

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August 28, 2007
Stanton Peele, PhD, JD

Excerpt: "Addiction can be especially debilitating for the young, but young people are more likely than not to outgrow it. The way out of addiction is to develop a range of skills and engage fully in life. The disease mythology is particularly unhelpful for young people. Telling adolescents that they have inherited addiction as part of their biological makeup encourages them to get stuck in the problem, rather than motivating them to overcome it."

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