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Leadership in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Insights from Long-Term Advocates, 1st Edition

Edited by David S. Anderson


360 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-09-06
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Leadership in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention blends the wisdom of numerous long-term professionals addressing drug and alcohol issues with helpful strategies and current science.

Organized around the Pyramid of Success that emphasizes Competence, Confidence and Commitment, this book offers practical and grounded approaches for better addressing substance abuse issues. Included are insights from 50 contributors, featuring professional perspectives from practitioners with decades of experience. While issues of substance abuse are not readily solved or cured, they can be better addressed – more effectively, more efficiently, and more appropriately. This timely resource offers a unique blend of science-based strategies and resourceful foundations for implementation.

Designed for those working either directly or indirectly with problems associated with substance use disorders, this book will aid those in a wide variety of settings, whether in schools, communities, business, or government.


"In a time when America has lost its way and drug/alcohol misuse has become normal, Professor Anderson's book not only reminds the reader about the serious consequences of abuse, but he also provides a clear and important message to those who need to stand up and be responsible."

Bill Alden, chairman and CEO, Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation; retired DEA Special Agent, Former Deputy Director for DARE America

"At last! A book about substance abuse that recognizes the need for a comprehensive community approach addressing prevention, intervention and treatment, and a system-wide approach, incorporating youth and adult prevention organizations, law enforcement, the courts, education and awareness programs, treatment and legislation. Dr. Anderson recognizes that success in dealing with problems associated with alcohol and other drug use depends on incorporating a wide variety of community actors, and the experience they have gained over the years."

Jim Wright, high school teacher and coach; probation officer, Juvenile and Drug Offenders; program manager, Youth Impaired Driving Programs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation (retired)

"This book is a wonderful foundational read offering immediately implementable approaches for those addressing drug and alcohol issues. Its concrete framework examines essential elements for preventionists, counselors, educators, policymakers and advocates. Its practical approach incorporates the wisdom of those with long-term experience in the alcohol and drug abuse field and other fields of study. This insightful overview provides insights for improving communication, management, evaluation, and planning – all necessary for making a substantive and sustaining difference."

John K. Kriger, MSM, LCADC, leader of state and national efforts with alcohol and drug abuse, including directing the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; adjunct faculty, Rutgers School of Alcohol Studies; trainer with CADCA

Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Introduction List of Figures List of Professional Perspectives Articles Part 1. Competence Chapter 1: Understanding The Nature Of The Concern: Individual Perspectives Chapter 2: Understanding The Nature Of The Concern: Environmental Perspectives Chapter 3: Why Be Concerned? Chapter 4: Foundational Factors Chapter 5: Skills For Treatment And Recovery Chapter 6: Skills For Prevention And Education Part 2. Confidence Chapter 7: Helpful Processes Chapter 8: Resourceful Approaches Chapter 9: Personal And Professional Strategies Part 3. Commitment Chapter 10: Leadership And Advocacy Within An Evolving Societal Context Chapter 11: Believing In Yourself – Taking Care Of Yourself Chapter 12: Vision For The Future Index Interviewees: Long-Term Advocates About the Author

About the Editor

David S. Anderson, PhD is professor emeritus at George Mason University. His substance abuse prevention work includes research, evaluation, teaching, training, speaking, media, and government and organization consultation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction