Administrative Planning for a Fusion of Systems: Where Prevention and Treatment Must Merge
Over the course of the past ten years, the drug and alcohol treatment and prevention system has become increasingly specific concerning both the clientele in need of services and the methods utilized to serve this clientele. Interestingly, while many states and local governments have sought to synthesize programs directed at treating or preventing dependency under single coordinating bodies, the methodologies utilized to treat or prevent those dependencies have grown increasingly apart. Arguments rage constantly over the relative worth in expending monies to support what has become popularly or unpopularly known as the “medical model” in treating dependencies. Often this approach to treatment is assumed to include a rather extensive and costly staffing pattern and is founded upon the premise that the substance abuser is “sick” and seeks to be “healthy.” Prior to the growth of the medical model substance abusers were subsumed under labels such as “deviant” or “criminal” and society’s criminal justice arm reached out to incorporate this population under its umbrella. The criminal justice approach to substance abuse and dependency in its efforts to remove individuals from society’s mainstream thus were required to pay extensively for the cost of this institutionalization.
KeywordsLife Skill Core Curriculum Student Centered Learning Alcohol Prevention Individualize Schedule
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