David Gust, LAADC, NCAC II, CADC II, is the founder of New Directions Counseling Associates, a group practice specializing in substance abuse, addiction, codependency and dual diagnosis issues.

As graduate of the esteemed Hazelden Foundation’s Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program, David has extensive experience working with adolescent, young adult and adult clients and their families. He has worked in both outpatient and inpatient treatment programs since 1977 and currently works exclusively with the adult male client.

David developed a highly effective model of treatment for the adolescent client. His book, “Effective Outpatient Treatment for Adolescents”, (Learning Publications, 1994) details this innovative program and the result oriented tools developed over many years in the addictions field. David co authored “How to Help Your Child Become Drug Free”, a helpful resource for both parents and professionals concerned about an adolescent. Information on how to obtain these books is available under the BOOKS section of this web site.

In addition to teaching courses in local private and public universities, David is a popular keynote speaker at both the state and national level, providing training for mental health and chemical dependency counselors, school staff and business organizations. David has provided technical assistance to major treatment programs across the country. In 1994, the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board honored David with the Harold Cole Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of alcoholism and drug abuse outreach, prevention and treatment.

David received the James Fulton Counselor of the Year Award for 2011. David was also honored as an inductee into the Fellows Council of the California Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors in 2011.