David was the instructor at the Breining Institute Addictions Studies Program for over twenty years. He taught courses in:
- Adolescent Addiction,
- Family Counseling in the Treatment of Addiction, and
- Personal and Professional Development for the Alcohol and Drug Counselor .
He also taught two classes at the UC Davis Extension Program:
- Adolescent Addiction
- Adult Addiction
He also taught a course on Adolescent Addiction Issues for several years at California State University Sacramento Extension Program.
In his role as a board member of the Forum on Chemical Dependency, David brought the first three day conference on Adolescence Addiction with national speakers to Northern California.
David has been the keynote speaker in venues across the country and has provided multiple seminars for physicians, psychiatrists, therapists and educators.
David held a bi weekly segment on a Greater San Francisco Bay Area radio show on Addiction and has been interviewed by local media sources, television, and newspaper as an expert on adolescent substance use.
As a member of the San Juan Unified School District and the Elk Grove Unified School District Substance Abuse Task Forces, David helped to develop Prevention and Student Assistance Programs.
He also provided countless educational workshops for parents, school staff and the general population.
In the private sector, David played a significant role in the development of alcohol and drug education and intervention programs in the Sacramento parochial high schools and in the private high schools, Country Day and Waldorf.
David worked closely with non-profit agency administrators and staff to ensure best practices, including policies and procedures, funding, and team building.
Through New Directions Program, David sponsored many educational opportunities from national experts in the field of addiction for professionals and the public.
He is currently utilized by attorneys as an expert witness in court cases in California.
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.
David has been a source of information for me, and a resource for families in crisis
David opened my eyes to the depth and the breadth of substance abuse rampant in Sacramento as well as the nation. To compensate for my son’s absence, I met with David for training, guidance, and support. For over 38 years David has been a source of information for me, and a resource for families in crisis.
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.