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.
David played a significant role in the development of one of the first sober high schools in the country in the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD). As a member of the SJUSD and the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) 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 throughout Northern California.
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.
He has never said “no” to helping me, no matter the reason I called.
David Gust has been a mentor and teacher to me for over twenty-five years, whether he knew it or not. I first met David at a community training he brought to El Dorado County. I remember the room being full of therapists, public health and school professionals, outreach specialists, and a young twenty-five year old addiction counselor really wanting to do good work for our teens struggling with drugs and alcohol. I had been one of those teens myself, fully in my addiction by fifteen, dropped out of high school and in my first inpatient drug treatment program by sixteen, followed by two more years of terrible progression before hitting a heavy bottom at eighteen, and finding a new direction into real recovery for the past thirty-two years. (more…)
David provides a comprehensive and well organized training experience.
I had the pleasure of two trainings with David Gust and his colleagues back in March of 2001. David provides a comprehensive and well organized training experience. His depth of knowledge and warm personality create an optimal learning environment. Topics I found of particular interest included (1) the contrasts between adults and adolescent drug users, (2) dry drunk syndrome and (3) chemical abuse and the effects on family. David is truly a pioneer in the field of chemical dependency and I look forward to his continued contribution to the recovery field.
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.
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’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 (more…)