Substance Abuse on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Personnel

Substance Abuse on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Personnel

Substance Abuse on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Personnel

Substance Abuse on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Personnel

Synopsis

Substance abuse is one of higher education's worst problems not only in terms of financial but also human cost. Drawing upon current theory and research, this handbook arrives at practical solutions to these problems. While there are divergent models of research and practice in substance abuse which have led to competing models of intervention, treatment, and prevention, this book seeks to reconcile those differences. It allows the reader to understand substance abuse from theoretical/research perspectives and guides the reader from conceptualization to programming to intervention with the substance abusing student.

Excerpt

Alcohol and drug abuse on college campuses are serious problems for the academic community. For example, a recent edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education had the following to say about alcohol abuse:

Alcohol abuse is a common, not marginal activity at most colleges and we only fool ourselves if we expect marginal efforts to reduce it. If we really want to deal with the problem, administrators, faculty members, students and parents must first gain a better understanding of how excessive drinking is affecting the academic and social climate of their institutions. Second, they must believe there are promising practical strategies they can adopt to improve the situation. Finally, they must be prepared to contend with the skepticism and resistance bound to be aroused by actions designed to curb the abuse. (April 14, 1994, p. B1)

This volume is written for the many academic personnel who are faced with dealing with a student who has an alcohol or drug problem. Most academic personnel, ranging from university president, to faculty member, to librarian and academic support staff, are often ill prepared to cope with substance abuse problems in the students they serve. This handbook is designed to give them a broader understanding of how substance abuse is viewed by theoreticians, researchers, and clinicians who deal with the problem, and also some practical suggestions of how to intervene with a student. While several abused substances are discussed in this volume, alcohol, the number-one drug of abuse on college campuses, is emphasized.

To accomplish the task of introducing the reader to the complex issues involved in substance abuse, the book is divided into three parts: (1) Basic . . .

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