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Leadership in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Insights from Long-Term Advocates

Edited By

David S. Anderson

ISBN 9781138588424
Published August 26, 2019 by Routledge
366 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Professional Articles

About the Author

Interviewees: Long-Term Advocates



Part I. Competence 

1: Understanding the Nature of the Concern: Individual Perspectives 

2: Understanding the Nature of the Concern: Environmental Perspectives 

3: Why Be Concerned? 

4: Foundational Factors 

5: Skills for Treatment and Recovery  

6: Skills for Prevention and Education 

Part II. Confidence 

7: Helpful Processes 

8: Resourceful Approaches 

9: Personal and Professional Strategies 

Part III. Commitment 

10: Leadership and Advocacy within an Evolving Societal Context 

11: Believing in and Taking Care of Yourself 

12: Vision for The Future 


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David S. Anderson, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His research focuses primarily on drug and alcohol abuse prevention, wellness, and health promotion, with attention to youth, young adults, and professional development; specialty areas include substance abuse prevention and wellness promotion, strategic planning, program development, health communication, and needs assessment and evaluation. Noteworthy publications include Health and Safety Communication: A Practical Guide Forward, Wellness Issues for Higher Education, Further Wellness Issues for Higher Education, Promising Practices Sourcebook, and Charting Your Course: A Lifelong Guide to Health and Compassion.


"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