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For example, it is not uncommon for someone to be seeking treatment for more than one addiction, oftentimes, a patient at BrightView might disclose that they are addicted to heroin as well as cocaine, meaning they have a dual diagnosis. The literal terms is removing toxins from ones body, or a period of time in which one abstains from unhealthy substances. Processes of detox differ depending on the substance a person is attempting to detox from. Triggers vary from person to person and may take the form of a person, place, experience, feeling, etc.

Common Addiction Recovery Terms & Definitions

  • The occurrence of two disorders or illnesses in the same person, also referred to as co-occurring conditions or sometimes dual diagnosis.
  • Detoxification alone without subsequent treatment generally leads to resumption of drug use.
  • Understanding substance use disorder to be a chronic illness, recovery may require ongoing continuing care beyond acute treatment episodes.

Often used with regard to a partner requiring support due to an illness or disease (e.g. substance use disorder). A legal right for an insured individual, their provider, or an authorized representative to seek relief against a health plan or third party determination to deny or limit payment for requested behavioral or medical treatment and services. In the addiction field, it is closely linked with the concept of confidentiality because people typically prefer not to have their name or addiction status known due to potential stigma and discrimination.

addiction recovery terms

Faith-Based Program

  • Co-Dependents Anonymous uses the Twelve Steps to help those who struggle with codependency.
  • A negative consequence occurring following a behavior with the intention of decreasing the frequency of the behavior.
  • Tolerance results in a need to increase the dosage of a drug overtime to obtain the same original effect obtained at a lower dose.
  • Long-term recovery from a substance use disorder is considered by many to occur after 5 years, at which time the likelihood of meeting criteria for substance use disorder in the following year is no greater than that of the general population.
  • In addition, self-care is a vital foundation for a healthy new identity.
  • While new spiritual, therapeutic, or self-care practices have been added into their recovery plan, there may be resistance from self-help group members.

Program that uses the same Twelve Steps as AA, but applies them to codependent and enabling behaviors. Al-Anon [2] members learn to reclaim their lives by focusing on themselves, building on their strengths, and asking for and accepting help such as recovery coaching. Refuge Recovery meetings are split between meditation, reading the principles of Buddhism, and sharing personal experiences. It is still considered a relapse but sometimes differentiated when the slip does not result in the full onset of the addictive cycle.

Health Professions Education

Training of techniques in mindfulness meditation, or the ability to be present in the here and now, in order to target depression, stress, negative emotions, and cravings in the prevention of relapse for individuals with addiction. A synthetic opioid medication used to reduce withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal symptoms and is often used as a mid- to long-term opioid use disorder medication for helping stabilize and facilitate recovery among those suffering from opioid use disorders. This term has a stigma alert due to the term’s potentially moral meanings rooted in morality and religion (e.g. lapse in grace), and implied “accidental” manifestation (e.g. lapse in judgement).

addiction recovery terms

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  • Recovery involves rebuilding a life— returning to wellness and becoming a functioning member of society.
  • An intensive treatment program that is offered in a treatment facility with a clinical or hospital-like environment.
  • At Recovery First, our inpatient addiction treatment facility near Miami offers different types of rehab designed to meet the individual needs of each patient.
  • Healthcare legislation enacted on March 23, 2010, making substance use disorders one of the ten elements of essential health benefits in the United States.

What Is Addiction Stigma?

  • Immediate, short-term medically managed or monitored care, lasting up to 31 days in length.
  • This approach focuses on the whole person rather than just the symptoms of addiction.
  • Addiction counselors are professionals with specialized training in addressing addiction and facilitating long-term recovery.
  • The foundational text of the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) organization.
  • House leadership positions are limited to 6 months so that members all have a chance to be decision makers.