Drug Abuse Terms to Know Part 2

Welcome back. We are here with more terms you should know. If you suspect your loved one is suffering from addiction and want to help, this might be the first step. Familiarize yourself with these terms, brought to you by drugabuse.gov and naabt.org, and then contact Legacy Freedom, should you need more information about getting them the help they need.

Drug and Addiction Terms | Drug Treatment in Charlotte NC

  • Boundary: An invisible though often effective barrier within a relationship that governs the level of contact. Boundaries can appropriately shape and regulate relationships. Two dysfunctional types of boundaries are those that are (1) so rigid, inhibiting meaningful interaction so that the people in the relationship are said to be “disengaged” from each other, or (2) so loose that individuals lose a sense of independence so that the “enmeshed” relationship stifles individuality and initiative.
  • Compulsive: The type of behavior a person exhibits that is overpowering, repeated, and often irrational.
  • COWS (Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale): Used to quantify severity of opioid withdrawal. Symptoms are rated, added up and the total is the COWS score.
  • Craving: Powerful desire for a substance that cannot be ignored. Unnaturally strong desire/urge for a substance. An overpowering urge that people are ill-equipped to control through will. Usually it cannot be suppressed indefinitely and results in taking the substance. Cravings are a symptom of the abnormal brain adaptations of addiction
  • Cross-tolerance: Normal neurobiological event of tolerance to effects of medication within the same class
  • Cognitive–behavioral therapy: In (CBT), the therapist helps the patient learn new skills to cope with problems and to change harmful behavior patterns, such as substance abuse.
  • Cold turkey: Term used when quitting drugs on one’s own with no medical help. Abruptly discontinuing drug use in an effort to quit long term. This is only successful in less than 5% of the people who quit opioids “cold turkey”. One of the symptoms of withdrawal is "goose flesh" (horripilation) which looks like a cold turkey, hence the term.

We hope these terms help you get more familiar with the ever-constant issue of drug abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is using and needs drug treatment Charlotte NC, don't hesitate to contact our facility today, to learn about your options. For more information concerning drug abuse and the terms that go along with it, be sure to visit back with our next blog post.

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If someone you know is suffering from an addiction and needs help, consider Legacy Freedom’s alternative drug treatment in Charlotte NC. Our success rate is higher than traditional rehab facilities that require you to stay in-house until the program is complete. We know how hard it is to beat addiction. That’s why we’ve come up with a better, more successful program that will help.  Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. Legacy Freedom is here to help you get back on track to a happier, healthy, drug free life.

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