It has been known for a long time that if one's goal is to make an impact on the drug problem, it is not enough to focus attention solely on the student involved with substances, or solely on young people as a group.
The drug-related problems of youth neither begin nor progress in isolation. Attempts to cope with these problems which avoid addressing the environmental context, are both short sighted and inadequate. The Student Assistance Programme model can be thought of as being aimed primarily at the environment as the best direct means of helping the individual. ALAC Occasional Paper No. 6.