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Addiction Terms to Know Part 1, A-L

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Terms to Know

Upon seeking help for an addiction, you may hear and see some unfamiliar words, or some words that are used time and time again. Cypress West, a reputable center for IOP addiction help and family programs in Naples, shares some basic information below on important addiction terms to know that are commonly used.



To refrain from drug or alcohol use.

A physically or emotionally dependent craving for an addictive substance daily.

Addiction Counselor
An addiction treatment provider, such as the professionals at Cypress West, who provide group and individualized counseling.

An evaluation of a person’s medical history, use history, current health status, symptoms of addiction, potential withdrawals, and other health conditions. Allows for the formation of an individualized treatment program.


A group of depressants used to induce sleep, produce sedation, relieve anxiety, etc.

Medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction.


A cancer-causing chemical agent.

Case Management
Connecting individuals to support services and other resources for recovery support.

A term to describe problems that are permanent and ongoing.

A set of compulsive behaviors learned by family members in order to survive in a family experiencing emotional pain and stress.

A term used to describe thoughts or behaviors driven by anxiety.


The consistent reliance on a person, thing, drugs, alcohol, etc. in order to function.

A medically supervised process of assisting the body to rid itself of drugs or alcohol while effectively managing the symptoms that come with withdrawals.


Helping an addicted person do the things that they should be doing for themselves, which causes progression of the disease and the addiction problem.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Physical and mental birth defects that can result when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy. Children and adults born with FAS have learning, attention, memory, and problem-solving difficulties.


Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, which is a clear liquid taken for its euphoric and relaxing effects. GHB can be used as a date rape drug and overuse can lead to physical addiction and harm.


Harm Reduction
Often the first stage of addiction treatment which involves reducing therapy instead of stopping the target behavior.


Beginning phase of buprenorphine treatment.

Inpatient Treatment
An addiction treatment path that requires overnight stays, usually in a hospital setting.


Legal Drugs
Everyday drugs not for medical use, like alcohol, caffeine, carbohydrates, nicotine, etc.

A mandatory approval process required by state law through which addiction treatment facilities and individual treatment providers are approved to provide services.


Important Signs of Benzo Drug Abuse to Pay Attention To

Benzodiazepines are prescription sedative drugs, commonly prescribed for high levels of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, muscle cramps, and seizure deterrence. Although they have a calming effect, benzodiazepines, or benzos, can be extremely addictive if taken in higher doses and more times than originally prescribed. Benzos can be classified as minor tranquilizers, and it’s important to understand that they are prescribed for short-term use. Benzos can result in fatal overdoses, as Cypress West regrets to report that unfortunately, these drugs account for thousands of deaths each year. Cypress West IOP treatment in Naples shares some important signs of benzo drug abuse and how to overcome an addiction to benzodiazepines.


Due to the natural proves of building a tolerance, many people will find themselves taking more and more benzos to achieve the desired feelings and reach their familiar high. Clear physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms of benzo drug abuse are:


  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Mood swings
  • Hostile and erratic behavior
  • Poor judgement and/or thinking


Some long-term effects of a benzo drug abuse include slurred speech, muscle weakness, and frequent disorientation. If you or a loved one is experiencing poor judgement, and decision-making abilities are lacking due to benzo abuse, there may be a serious dependency issue may be present.


Benzo Addiction Treatment


Although benzos may not seem like a dangerous drug because they’re prescribed by a doctor, they’re life threatening. The best way to overcome a benzo addiction is to seek a professional treatment center that includes medically monitored detox combined with individualized care. A customized treatment program including unique therapy methods allow individuals to heal and begin a successful recovery. If you or a loved one is dependent on benzos and is having trouble with their addiction, the professionals at Cypress West IOP treatment in Naples are here to help you. With the right help, every kind of recovery is possible.