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Common Terms Related to Addiction Recovery

Common Terms in Addiction

Some common terms you will become familiar with during your recovery:

Approach, program, and structure will be used to mean the same thing.

Addict will refer to someone actively involved with any physical addictions or addictive behaviors, or at least has not yet embraced recovery.

Clean and sober will mean abstinence from mind-altering addictive drugs or addictive behaviors.

Drugs will include alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, over-the-counter and prescription medications, and processed food, especially (processed) sugar, sugar substitutes, and processed carbohydrates.

Feelings will mean emotional feelings and body sensations.

Higher Power, spirit, spiritual, Source, and The Source are used to mean the same thing.

Mental and emotional or mental-emotional are used to mean the same thing as psychological.

Recovery and recovering are used to describe an addict who is clean, or sustaining a maintenance addiction, and actively involved in a recovery program and personal growth.

Triggers and cues mean the same thing.

Using or use mean active involvement in any addiction or addictive behavior.

The 123 approach may not be enough!

Understand that, like every other addict, you can only stay clean by choosing to turn away from the darkness of your addiction and towards the light of recovery – one moment, one breath, one step, one day at a time. Know that every day, even every hour, that you are clean is a success for you. Your experience, knowledge, and confidence will build day by day.

Thriving Beyond Addiction offers you the knowledge that can enable you to have a second chance at a first-class life. And it’s yours if you choose it. Breathe slowly and deeply!

Feel your joy, love, & excitement!

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10 Most Common Signs of Addiction to Drugs or Alcohol

Anyone with these symptoms should seek treatment right away.

1. Cravings

A person may undergo more intense urges or cravings for the drug of choice or alcohol as the addiction progresses.

2. Physical dependence

A physical reliance or dependency on drugs develops as a person becomes accustomed to the constant presence and influence of the substance. The physiological changes that go along with this process may cause the individual to feel poorly or to function inadequately when the drug leaves the system.

3. Tolerance

Persistent use of a substance builds up a tolerance that will mean the individual will need for more of the drug or alcohol to achieve the desired effects.

4. Withdrawal symptoms

Some individuals experience symptoms of withdrawal with an abrupt end to using or when attempting to wean off the substance over a period of time. This is a strong indication of physiological dependency is developing.

5. Poor judgement

An individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol is often likely to do anything to obtain the substance, including such risky behaviors such as stealing, lying, engaging in selling drugs or unsafe sexual activity or other crimes that could lead to an arrest or jail

Drugs and Alcohol

6. Drug-seeking

A person who abuses drugs regularly will exhibit drug seeking behavior and will routinely attempt to obtain prescription medications, such as opioids or tranquilizers, from medical facilities, such as emergency rooms and doctors’ offices.

7. Financial problems

A person may spend large amounts of money, drain bank accounts, and destroy a budget in order to get the drug. This is a major red flag and should not be ignored.

8. Neglecting obligations

A classic sign of addiction is when an individual opts to using or getting the drug in preference to meeting work or personal responsibilities.

9. Fostering unhealthy alliances

A person with a drug or alcohol dependency often seeks out those with similar habits. These new groups may also encourage other unhealthy habits.

10. Isolation

An addict will usually withdraw and isolate from others, hiding drug use from friends and family. The behavior may occur because of the perceived stigma of a substance addiction or increased depression, anxiety or paranoia resulting from substance abuse.

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