Date of Award

11-1-2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Margaret Tacardon

Second Reader

Andrea Thalasinos

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to illustrate the importance of using a highly individualized approach in addressing issues related to the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence. Methods include the review of current literature and extensive case study examples from the author's clinical experience. The focus of the discussion is on increasing the effectiveness of prevention and treatment efforts. Recommendations include utilizing a broader range of methods, paying particular attention to the unique qualities of each individual.

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