The Behavioral Approach to Preventing Substance Abuse

The Behavioral Approach to Substance Abuse
November 7, 2015
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Between 1989 and 2006 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) invested more than $400 million in efforts to prevent substance abuse (including underage drinking). That work explored two basic approaches—behavioral, which focuses on individuals’ behavior—and environmental, which focuses on communities and attempts to change the environment that supports substance abuse. This report describes the results, findings and lessons learned from RWJF-supported programs and projects that used behavioral approaches to preventing substance abuse, especially by youth.





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