Alpha Centers: A Viable Prevention Model for Substance Abuse Agencies and Public Schools
Drug and alcohol abuse among adolescents is accepted as a symptom of more basic underlying problems such as poor home environment, low academic achievement, insufficient self control, poor motivation and a low self concept. Since these problems have a tremendous impact upon a child’s development and since they are operative prior to the onset of puberty, active prevention before the subsequent problems become serious is the most logical approach to the counteracting of these self-defeating behaviors. The more standardly used alternative is “treatment” after a lifestyle has been firmly established. Based on this logic, the Alpha Center concept has evolved as a practical method of turning the concept of “prevention” into a workable reality.
KeywordsMaladaptive Behavior Regular Teacher Positive Classroom Formal Parenting Class Transactional Analysis
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