David Gust has been a consultant to private and public institutions throughout his career, helping to develop both inpatient and outpatient programs for adolescents and adults.
As the founder and creator of New Directions Program, he is recognized for program development in outpatient treatment for adolescents. He helped several major hospitals develop adolescent units, providing staff training, effective program design, and implementation strategies for hospital staff and administrators. David worked with several private hospitals, including Kaiser Permanente Adolescent Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, Charter Hospital, New Life, and New Dawn in the greater Sacramento region.
In the public sector, David has worked with 31 counties in California to develop adolescent program services, including Sierra Family Services in Placer County and New Morning in El Dorado County.
David has consulted with programs around the country wanting to expand their treatment services to include adolescent programs, including the Milan Centers in Washington state, the Renewal Centers in Pennsylvania, the Hazelden Youth and Family Center in Minnesota, and the Tau Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
David has been very effective and well-received by physician groups
I have asked David to speak to physician groups where he has been very effective and well-received. I am very pleased that he is continuing to offer consultation to individuals and families seeking understanding and hope regarding diagnosis, and to professionals and institutions seeking practical, meaningful, effective treatment for substance use issues.
You are about to embark on a journey with David Gust.
You are about to embark on a journey with David Gust. I was fortunate enough to have been taught by him when he was a guest lecturer at Breining Institute. He is a humble, intelligent, and compassionate person whom I have learned so much from. An excellent teacher who gets your attention with both extensive subject matter and humor.
David has spent decades helping parents and I have been thankful for his advice.
Through my own experiences as a parent, I was able to connect with other parents, currently experiencing these very issues. The depth of the pain my family endured, helped me connect to families/parents. David was extremely helpful and supportive, particularly in ensuring my statistics and data were accurate and current. This support included, along with learning about the substance abuse problem, preparatory time for the many presentations I made as a member of the organization’s speakers bureau. Being determined to make a difference I expanded my exposure into the substance abuse arena, by mentoring both adolescents and training parents using the Parent Project, Inc. ® model. David would lend strong support as a visiting expert for the parents, including the invaluable Q&A. In the summer of 2019, while I was on vacation in Sacramento, David and I met, he brought me up to date regarding the state of the adolescent addiction recovery field. David has spent decades helping parents and I have been thankful for his advice.
He is without a doubt a professional and expert in all aspects in the field of substance abuse.
I am very happy to write a letter of recommendation for David Gust. I am a Clinical Psychologist who has an extensive practice which includes private pay clients, working as clinician /clinical director in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and therapist in a full service federally funded family practice clinic. I have known David Gust professionally for over 30 years. Substance abuse concerns are common across all socio-economic levels and therefore have been and continue to be a primary therapeutic topic in all components of my practice. When I have had questions about substance abuse, Mr. Gust has been my first and primary professional consultant. He is without a doubt a professional and expert in all aspects in the field of substance abuse. I have always found Mr. Gust to be personable, easy to work with, and his advice and knowledge to be excellent. David Gust has my unqualified recommendation for any position in the substance abuse field and I believe he would be an outstanding asset in any such position.
David’s knowledge is incredible, and what makes that even more important is that he has a gift of being able to communicate his knowledge which resonates with his audience every time.
I am writing this letter of recommendation for David Gust who was an amazing force to the education of a school district and many of its community members, including local public agencies. As the Coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Program in the late 80’s and 90’s for Yuba City Unified School District, I was responsible for implementing a district wide program to address alcohol and other drug abuse. I was extremely fortunate to discover that David had a very busy practice called New Directions in nearby Sacramento, counseling adolescents and their families dealing with these issues. He literally had written the book on these issues. As a result, I was able to contract with David to present on multiple occasions to district personnel and community members regarding alcohol and other drug abuse concerns. David’s knowledge is incredible, and what makes that even more important is that he has a gift of being able to communicate his knowledge which resonates with his audience every time. His use of true stories and weaving these into the facts was very powerful. Over the next couple of decades David was always available for consults and was the district’s primary resource for families and staff who may have needed private counseling to address addiction issues. I recommend David, without any qualification, as one of the more talented people I have met. My only regret was not being able to have him present to even more people than he did.