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Glossary beginning with C

Most addicts and family members seeking help or treatment, know very little in the way of unique terms and phrases connected to addiction treatment and or sobriety.
The Rehab Guide has compiled a unique addiction glossary to help those individuals learn the terms needed to understand mental health, addiction and recovery related terms.

CCsearch for term

Certified Counselori- Agency Affiliated
Is an applicant for certified counselor must:
• Have a BA -bachelor’s degree- in a counseling related field
• Pass the State Certified Counselor Examination in risk assessment, ethics, appropriate screening using the global assessment
of functioning scale, client referral, and law
• Have a written supervisory agreement

CDPsearch for term

Chemical Dependencyi Professional who has an associate’s degree in human services or related
field or successful completion of 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits in courses from an approved school

CDPTsearch for term

Chemical Dependencyi Professional, Trainee (CDPTi) working toward a license as an addiction counselor.

Certified Advisorsearch for term

CA – Certified Advisori usually have as minimum AA degree

(1) AA associates-including a supervised internship in a counseling-related field
(2) Pass local State Certified Advisor Examination in risk assessment, ethics, and appropriate screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, client referral
(3)Have a written supervisory agreement.
CA - do not have Prescription Privilege

CHAsearch for term

Canada Health Act - Canada's publicly funded universal health insurance system.

Co-Occurring Disorder search for term

When a treatment patient or client has both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis.
Co-Occurring Disorder  was formerly known as dual diagnosis or dual disorder. Now co-occurring disorders describe the presence of two or more mental health disorders at the same time.
Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems.

See also: Dual diagnosis
Coachingsearch for term


">i or Life coaching is an increasingly popular profession that has no specific licensing or academic requirements. While some psychologists also often consider themselves life coaches, these therapists don't focus on treating mental illness.
Instead, they help individuals realize their goals in work and in life.
An executive coach, for example, may be enlisted to help a chief executive become a better manager, while a "love" coach may map out a plan to help a client find romantic fulfillment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy "CBT"search for term

Cognitive Behavioral (CBTi)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings.
The therapist assists the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking. The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Consequences of Alcohol addiction search for term

The initial consequences of "Alcohol addiction" tend to be mild and intermittent. The continued exposure to alcohol builds tolerance, and the would be alcoholic start to deny that drinking is causing his/her problems. Eventually, alcohol's effects may lead to serious health and social problems.
Most alcoholics see themselves as being different from drug addicts, and there was and still is to a small degree a time when Alcoholics Anonymousi differentiated between addicts and alcoholics. In fact, an alcoholic is simply somebody who is addicted to alcohol, completely blurring the line between an alcoholic and an addict.

CBTsearch for term

Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking.
The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been clinically proven to help many treatment clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Celebrate recovery search for term

"Celebrate recovery" is a term often used by anybody who can celebrate the fact that they have recovered from an addiction, or are in recovery from addiction.
In most A.A.i or N.A. the number of days you have “clean” is celebrated by taking a chip or a "Just for Today" chip in N.A, also 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 180 days chips are used to celebrate. An Addicti or Alcoholic also has a cerebration on a “birthday” when spoken by somebody in recovery refers to their annual sobriety date, and is usually much more significant to them than their date of birth.

Central Nervous Systemsearch for term

The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord.
It is composed of specialized cells called neurons. The central nervous system plays a vital role as the “executive” center of the nervous system, and governs all thinking, feeling, and purposive action.
Mind-altering drugs of addiction have their effects by altering the biochemistry of the central nervous system.
CNS depressants slow down (or "depress") the normal activity that goes on in the brain. Doctors often prescribe them for people who are anxious or can't sleep. When taken as directed, they can be safe and helpful. But when people take someone else's prescription drugs or take the drugs for entertainment or pleasure, they may experience dangerous consequences.

Character Defectssearch for term

Character defects - The result of learned behavior from prolonged substance abuse.

Chemical dependency or chemically dependent search for term

"Chemical dependency" or chemically dependent is the medical term used when diagnosing addiction. It includes addiction to alcohol and or drugs and or any such chemicals or substances that are harmful and can be abused.

Christian sobriety search for term

"Christian sobriety" generally refers to the fact that numerous sober living houses or places of service for alcoholics or addicts are managed by churches or people of the cloth or religion.
In fact they welcome people of any denomination, but if you go to a Christian sober living, expect the emphasis to be much more on God, Christ and religion than what you may expect at a “regular” Treatmenti Facility, sober living or halfway house.

Chronic search for term

Chronic means that is is "Occurring Over Time, or Long-Term. Chronic drug and alcohol use refers to long-term use; chronic drug and alcohol use effects refer to persistent effects produced by long-term use.

Clientsearch for term

A "Clienti" is a word that sober livings and treatment centers use instead of calling the guest a guest or a patient. I find it somewhat humorous that people can be at the edge of death practically over dosing daily from heroin, for example, and enter an expensive treatment center and suddenly be “the client”. I believe it is one of the problems with high end treatment today, in that these types of centers distance

Club Drugs search for term

"Club Drugsi" Drug such as Ecstasyi, MDMA Molly, Special -K, and Meth that are
predominantly used at dance parties known in the music industry as raves.

Co-dependency search for term

"Co-dependency" is a view that those that live with an addict also suffer some of the symptoms associated with addiction. This can be self-esteem, self-independence, and personal image issues.

Co-Dependents Anonymous search for term

Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships.
Members gather together to support and share with each other in a journey of self-discovery-learning to love the self. Living the program allows each of them to become increasingly honest with themselves about our personal histories and our own codependent behaviors.

Members rely upon the Twelve Stepsi and Twelve Traditions for knowledge and wisdom. These are the principles of our program and guides to developing honest and fulfilling relationships with ourselves and others. In CoDA, members learn to build a bridge to a Higher Power of their own understanding, and allow others the same privilege.

This renewal process is a gift of healing for Co-Dependents Anonymous members .
By actively working the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous, members can each realize a new joy, acceptance, and serenity in their lives.

Cocaine Anonymoussearch for term

Cocaine Anonymousi is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem, and help others to recover from their addiction.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

There are no dues or fees for membership; we are fully self-supporting through our own contributions.

Members of "CA" are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution. We do not wish to engage in any causes.

The fellowship primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve sobriety.

Cocaine Psychosissearch for term

"Cocaine Psychosisi" The effects of cocaine can be divided into what goes on in the central nervous system, in the brain, and in the rest of the body, it's symptoms such as paranoia, hallucinations,
disordered thoughts and can bring on paranoia, mania, and psychosis.

College classessearch for term

Long term sober livings and residential treatment are often refer to as College classesi.

Come Downsearch for term

"Come Downi" is The post period of an intake of a drug where the "high" or "euphoria" has
started to diminish or lessen.

Compulsionsearch for term

Compulsions are a small but important part of the addictive process, and are also a major part of obsessive-compulsive disorder. A strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act that is contrary to the will of the subject. The state or condition of being compelled.

Compulsion VS Addictionsearch for term

One major distinction between an addiction and a compulsion as it is experienced in obsessive-compulsive disorder is the experience of pleasure. While people who have addictions suffer all manner of discomforts, the desire to use the substance or engage in the behavior is based on the expectation that it will be pleasurable.

Compulsive Gambling search for term

"Compulsive Gambling" is huge and seemly unstoppable urge to gamble despite the desire to break
the addiction of gambling.

Contact alumnisearch for term

Contact alumnii are those that “have graduated” from a particular program or treatment center and list their self as available for help to others who are still in that center or program.

Counselingsearch for term

"Counselingi" is the act of being counseled, usually with reference to recovery by therapist, social worker or someone who has earned a degree in drug and alcohol counseling. Often times you will hear that a counselor made a huge difference in someone’s life.
Many people have found that when it comes to drugs, alcohol and addiction, a counselor well-versed in the whole issue of addiction or someone who has actually experienced alcoholism or addiction but who is recovered or in recovery can make much more progress with someone struggling in sobriety and have a more positive effect than a psychologist or psychiatrist who does not specialize in addiction.
Do note support is not treatment.

Counseling component search for term

"Counselingi component" when used speaking about a treatment center for addiction, therapy means that there will be one-on-one counseling or group counseling as part of the program.
Counseling is a highly critical component to getting better when it comes to addiction. At its core it is generally accepted that if you cannot talk about the problems that got you into your addiction.
You will have little hope for recovering long term and will likely relapse repeatly.

Counselorsearch for term

A counselor is a person who gives counsel; an adviser, such as an Addictioni Counselori

Cravingssearch for term

"Cravingsi" are highly uncontrollable desire to intake a particular addictive substance such as alcohol or drugs

Cross Addiction search for term

Cross Addictioni occurs when a person addicted to one drug switches over to using a different often chemically related drug.
A person in solid alcohol recovery, for instance, may go to the dentist and be prescribed some pain medicine along with an antibiotic. He may take this exactly as prescribed thinking nothing of it. He may then, without considering what is happening, begin to increase the dosage and/or frequency of the medication and may even seek a refill although the pain does not warrant a narcotic.
This is usually in an attempt to control their use. The drug of choice changes, but the addiction remains.

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