Drug Abuse Terms Part 3

We are back with more drug abuse terms from naabt.org and drubabuse.gov. These should help you to become familiar and help you as you deal with a loved one who is suffering from addiction. If you missed our previous blog posts, be sure to visit back with them soon as well.

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  • Comorbidity: The occurrence of two disorders or illnesses in the same person, also referred to as co-occurring conditions or dual diagnosis. Patients with comorbid illnesses may experience a more severe illness course and require treatment for each or all conditions.
  • CSAT: The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them
  • Detoxification: A process in which the body rids itself of a drug (or its metabolites). During this period, withdrawal symptoms can emerge that may require medical treatment. This is often the first step in drug abuse treatment.
  • Disease: A condition that results in medically significant symptoms in a human; a disorder with recognizable signs and often having a known cause; dis-ease, the opposite of ease, when something is wrong with a bodily function.
  • Doctor-shopping: A phrase that refers to the practice of a patient requesting care from multiple physicians, often simultaneously, without making efforts to coordinate care or informing the physicians of the multiple caregivers, often with the intention to receive more medications than would otherwise be prescribed by a single caregiver. Doctor shopping in this context is illegal in most areas.
  • Dopamine: A brain chemical, classified as a neurotransmitter, found in regions that regulate movement, emotion, motivation, and pleasure.
  • Enabling: As it applies to the condition of addiction, enabling can be defined as doing for someone, in an attempt to help, those things they could or should be doing for themselves, thus actually making it easier for them to continue in the progression of the condition.
  • Endogenous opioid: Opioids that are produced naturally in the body which have analgesic properties to make us better able to tolerate pain. They are endorphins, enkephalins, and dynorphins.
  • Endorphins: The name "endorphin", is derived from combining the words "endogenous morphine", which means "morphine produced naturally in the body".

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Charlotte NC

Be sure to visit back with our final blog post in this series, soon. Also, if you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction and need help, consider calling substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC to learn more about treatment. Addiction isn’t something that can be easily beaten, often it requires extensive rehab and support. Legacy Freedom is here to offer both to you, when you’re ready. 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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