Reducing the Risks for Substance Abuse: A Lifespan Approach by Raymond P. Daugherty, Carl Leukefeld

By Raymond P. Daugherty, Carl Leukefeld

Authors Raymond P. Daugherty and Carl Leukefeld argue for exchanging the youth-based, `zero tolerance' method of substance abuse prevention that has been dominant within the box over the last 20 years. Their dynamic replacement is the approach to life probability aid version, which revises average prevention options to cause them to suitable through the entire lifestyles span. positive factors of this innovative new paradigm contain 5 ideas of way of life chance relief (LRR), 5 stipulations of powerful LRR, and the LLR Formulas.

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We are equally unlikely to recognize legitimate differences between use that leads to problems and use that does not lead to problems (other than the use itself). There are some very real and important distinctions between the two questions that could help make prevention programs more effective. Also, for both questions, there are differences between substances. For example, the psychological and social factors that are associated with low-risk alcohol use by adults and heroin use by teens are very different.

Unfortunately, it is not generally recognized that the questions (1) what causes alcohol and drug problems, and (2) what causes alcohol and drug use are two different questions with distinct answers. 3. Low-Risk Use HiQh-Risk Use Problem Use Alcoholism Alcoholism is not simply the end of a continuum of use. apparent realization of the difference. 2 Certainly, complete success in preventing all use would prevent all use-related problems. But, as we have seen, prevention programs can achieve significant reductions in use without affecting related problems.

If problems come primarily from the general pool of drinkers, then problems should peak in this age group. Instead, the peak age for alcohol-related problems is 18-25, which is also the peak age for high-risk drinking. Prevention educators frequently state that "alcohol causes" any number of problems such as liver damage, driving fatalities, or job problems. In every case, though, there is a level of drinking below which these problems are rare and above which they become likely. Risk for problems is not an issue of drinking versus not drinking, it is an issue of quantity and frequency of drinking.

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