Substance Abuse Prevention

Substance Abuse Prevention Assignment:

Examine at least two substance abuse prevention programs in the United States in a 1,000-1,250-word assignment.

To assist you in successfully completing your paper, refer to the list of useful websites at the end of Chapter 16. Make certain that you select prevention programs rather than intervention programs.

Assignment Requirements for Substance Abuse Prevention

For each program, your assignment must include the following:

A synopsis of the two programs (who, what, and where). Include at least one family-focused treatment model from the program.
Each program’s objectives (why)
How each program’s funding is distributed (how)
Research indicating the efficacy of each program, including those with life skills associated with recovery.
Describe the factors that address the community and groups that are at risk for substance use disorders.
An examination of how government involvement may improve or detract from the effectiveness of each program.
Describe at least one relapse prevention model that you think would be useful in supporting and mentoring a substance abuse client.
In addition to the textbook, include at least four scholarly resources in your paper. A minimum of one scholarly resource should be cited for each prevention program out of the four.
Instructions for the Assignment

Prepare this assignment in accordance with the APA Style Guide, which can be found in the Student Success Center. There is no need for an abstract.

Preview of Chapter 4

A substance use disorder is a medical condition marked by clinically substantial deficits in health, social function, and voluntary control over drug and alcohol use.

2 Substance use disorders range from mild to severe in terms of severity, duration, and complexity. 20.8 million persons aged 12 and up satisfied the criteria for a substance use disorder in 2015. While the vast majority of treatment has traditionally taken place in specialized substance abuse treatment programs with little involvement from primary or general health care, a trend is taking place toward the delivery of treatment services in general health care practices. Therapy through the regular health care system may be sufficient for persons with mild to moderate substance use disorders, but those with severe substance use disorders (addiction) may require specialised treatment.


Health Care Systems and Substance Use Disorders is covered in Chapter 6.


The good news is that there are a variety of successful ways and services for identifying, treating, and managing substance use problems and disorders. According to research, intervening early, before the condition progresses, is the most effective strategy to treat someone with a substance use problem who may be at danger of developing a substance use disorder. As a result of this acknowledgment, screening for substance abuse is becoming more common in general health care settings, allowing for early detection of growing problems and, if necessary, early intervention. The inclusion of services to address substance use disorders and difficulties in mainstream health care has broadened the continuum of care, which now includes a variety of effective, evidence-based pharmaceuticals, behavioral therapies, and supporting services. However, a number of roadblocks have prevented widespread acceptance of these services, including a lack of resources, inadequate training, and a labor scarcity. 5 This is especially true for people who have co-occurring substance abuse and medical or mental illnesses. 6,7


The scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of therapeutic treatments, therapies, services, and medications available to identify, treat, and manage substance use issues and disorders is summarized in this chapter.


Discussion Questions (DQ)

  • Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, including a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
  • Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
  • One or two-sentence responses, simple statements of agreement, or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
  • I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

Weekly Participation

  • Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
  • In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
  • Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
  • Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

APA Format and Writing Quality

  • Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
  • Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
  • I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Use of Direct Quotes

  • I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’s level and deduct points accordingly.
  • As Masters’s level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
  • It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.


LopesWrite Policy

  • For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
  • Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
  • Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
  • Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.

Late Policy

  • The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
  • Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
  • If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
  • I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
  • As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.


  • Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me: 
    • Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
    • Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.



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