According to Musto (1996), “Attempts to understand the nature of illicit drug abuse and addiction can be traced back for centuries, however, the search has always been limited by the scientific theories and social attitudes available or dominant at any one time.” Drug and alcohol prevention and treatment has been an ongoing dilemma for centuries as stated by Musto. The question doctors, physicians, and counselors have been trying to solve is, what treatment and prevention methods work the most efficiently? This study will examine the most major past and present prevention strategies on addicts, while also studying the prevention strategies used among school systems, churches, and other facilities. As we learn the successes and failures of our drug and alcohol prevention from the past and present, we may then be able to imply new strategies and old successful strategies to plan for a bright future. We will also study how social class, race, and age affect the overall success rate of treatment and prevention. Throughout this research we will seek to understand the most effective ways to adapt addicts back into society by applying the most effective treatment available. According to Schwab (2018), “the early use of drugs increases a person’s chances of becoming addicted” . Overall, the ultimate goal is to discover the most effective prevention strategies for the younger generation in order to prevent addicts.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2020

Senior Project Advisor

George Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Agricultural Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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