Drug Abuse Terms to Know Part 1

Drug abuse and addiction are a serious problem that many face. Whether it's you or a loved one, dealing with addiction is the hardest thing you'll ever do. Below, you'll find several drug abuse terms that should help you become more familiar with what you're up against.

Drug Abuse Terms | Drug Rehab Charlotte NC

  • Addiction: A chronic, relapsing condition characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite serious adverse consequences, and by long-lasting changes in the brain.
  • Affinity: The strength with which a drug binds to its receptor is termed its affinity. The degree to which a drug activates its receptors is termed its intrinsic activity. Affinity for a receptor and activation of the receptor are two different qualities of a drug. A drug can have high affinity for a receptor but not activate the receptor (e.g., an antagonist). Mu opioid agonists, partial agonists, and antagonists can vary in their affinity.
  • Agonist: A chemical entity that binds to a receptor and activates it, mimicking the action of the natural (or abused) substance that binds there.
  • Alkaloids: Organic compounds produced by plants. These substances constitute the active ingredients of many drugs.
  • Amygdala: Located deep within the cerebral hemispheres it is part of the limbic system and plays an important role in motivation and emotional behavior.
  • Analgesic: Medication to treat pain.
  • Antagonist: A chemical entity that binds to a receptor and blocks its activation. Antagonists prevent the natural (or abused) substance from activating its receptor.
  • Barbiturate: A type of CNS depressant prescribed to promote sleep (usually in surgical procedures) or as an anticonvulsant.
  • Benzodiazepine: A type of CNS depressant prescribed to relieve anxiety and sleep problems. Valium and Xanax are among the most widely prescribed medications.
  • Bioavailability: The ability of a drug to enter the body. Ex. Naloxone has poor bioavailability when taken sublingually.
  • Biopsychosocial: Combining biological, psychological, and social concerns or effects.
  • BMT: Behavioral marital therapy. BMT combines a focus on addiction with efforts to strengthen the marital relationship through shared activities and the teaching of communication and conflict evaluation skills.

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

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