Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Counseling and Guidance

Degree Discipline




Over the past several years, public concern has greatly increased over mind-altering drug use among students. That concern has been evoked by a flow of reports from individuals, mass media, the police, and other governmental agencies, educators, and the community. The reports are consistent in telling of a remarkable expansion of student interest in and use of drugs which are illicit or exotic.

Drug abuse is an issue that concerns all levels of society, from the very low socio-economic groups to the extreme high socio-economic groups. The potential drug abusers range from the submissive poor to the successful affluent groups of individuals. The problem of drug abuse in our nation is rising at such an alarming rate, which warrants the condition that if we are to survive as a society that is not hampered by the frills and thrills of addicts, it is imperative that we find a workable solution. Currently, preventative and rehabilitative efforts are being made to combat the problem of drug abuse.

There are controversial views as to the cause of drug abuse, which consequently make drug abuse a difficult problem for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation or the road back (as it is often called) is a puzzling task. A recent review of rehabilitation approaches to drug abuse stated:

No one knows whether the goals of treatment as set forth are realistic or even desirable. Since no one knows why people become narcotic addicts, no one knows either how to make them stop or what will happen if they do stop.

Not all approaches to rehabilitation are the same; different people require somewhat different treatment. The method of treatment are unlike in nature as the individuals themselves. The task of getting people to stop abusing drugs is as complex as it is confusing. According to DeLong, there is no uniform theory of addiction and no adequate description of the addict population. Also, addiction has spread rapidly in recent years, and we know less about the new population than we do about the old, and we knew very little before.

Committee Chair/Advisor

R. E. Carreathers

Committee Member

Lois Barnett


Prairie View A&M University


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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