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Glossary beginning with S

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.

s for term

S.B.I.R.T stands for Screeningi, Brief Interventioni, and Referral to Treatmenti— an evidence-based, effective method to intervene in drug and alcohol misuse, but that is currently underused in the primary care setting in the United States.

Serotoninsearch for term

Serotonini is a neurotransmitter that has an effect on perception and movement and emotions by managing the actions of other neurotransmitters in the brain.

Sex addictionsearch for term

Sex addictioni, as with other addictions, occurs when a person can not stop having sex despite negative it's consequences. They experience changes in moods, denial and the behavior is escalating, chronic and symptoms of withdrawal appear when the behavior is abruptly discontinued.

Sexual abusesearch for term

Sexual abusei is best know as when sex is non-consensual or not agreed upon or one person forces another person to have sex against his ore her will.

Stimulantssearch for term

Stimulantsi are know as drugs that cause increase or heighten alertness alertness and create energy. Amphetamines, for example, increase the dopamine signaling, stimulating its release or blocking its typical absorption. Stimulants are psychoactive drugs that induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical functions or both.

Substance abusesearch for term

Substance abusei is simply excessive use of a drugs. Substance abuse is prevalent with an estimated 120 million users. Some of the drugs most often associated with the term Substance abuse include alcohol, substituted, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (particularly alprazolam, temazepam, diazepam and clonazepam), cocaine, methaqualone, and opioids

Screeningsearch for term

"Screeningi" is when qualified addiction counselor or therapist determines the patient's root addiction and describes to the patient various avenues to treat their addiction.

Seeking treatmentsearch for term

Seeking treatmenti is someone’s way of essentially saying they want to get sober, offer a treatment seeker all the tools to find just the right treatment facility.

Sharesearch for term

Sharei is the term generally used or perhaps started in the rooms of AA, where people are encouraged to speak. Such speaking in a group setting is called sharing, and generally the protocol is that whoever is sharing has a certain number of minutes to speak before their time is up.

Sobersearch for term

"Soberi" refers to the state of mind and body of being clear and free of all illegal drugs and alcohol

Sober environmentsearch for term

"Sober environmenti" is one where liquor and drugs of any sort that might temp an alcoholic or addict are completely absent from the premises, and generally the people on the premises in that environment must be sober too.

Sober group search for term

"Soberi group" is a group meeting where experiences are shared among and by members of the group.

Sober home or house search for term

"Soberi home or house" is a sober home is another term for a sober living, where the premises are free of drugs and alcohol, and certain rules about living in the home are in force.

Sober individualssearch for term

"Sober individualsi: are good people who maintain sober lifestyles. People in sober livings are presumably sober individuals who formally used drugs or alcohol.

Sober livingsearch for term

"Sober livingi" is an alcohol free, drug free way of life at a home that also has a substantial number of other rules if it is presumed to be a sober living. It should be noted that sober livings homes are not governed by any regulatory agency, but the establishing of such houses is protected to a degree by federal laws applying to disabled persons. Ex-addicts and alcoholics are often deemed to be disabled.

Step basedsearch for term

"Step basedi" program often refers to treatment which adheres to the AA 12 step philosophy, and is the opposite of a program which claims they are not a “step based” program.

Stepssearch for term

"Stepsi" are usually referenced when talking about the Big Book in AA and the 12 steps it follows which are said to help lead one to sobriety and a happy life. The 12 steps are also used by many other fellowships such as N.A

Structured environmentsearch for term

"Structured environmenti" is the way some people refer to both treatment programs and sober livings for people who are trying to get and stay sober. It refers to an environment where there are typically a fair number at least of rules, regulations and actions that need be performed.

Studentssearch for term

Studentsi are how Narcanon refers to their patients. When their patients have finished a program they have “graduated” and are considered “recovered”. This flies in the face of AA theory but this author believes “whatever works” to be the best path to success.

Success storiessearch for term

Success storiesi are what people who have recovered for a long period of time usually in the face of a very difficult environment to recover in. Soberi people refer to others who have come along and made it a certain amount of time “success stories”.

Supervised residencessearch for term

"Supervised residencesi" are the types of most residences for people in recovery. An unsupervised residence leaves people leaderless to some degree, and might imply they can get into trouble. Some more loosely run sober livings may have a manager present for the daytime until midnight, for example, and leave the residents unsupervised from 12am to 6 am. This would be considered at best a loose policy and at worst a poorly run house.

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