Drug Term Glossary | Banyan Massachusetts

Drug Glossary

There is a lot of news about addiction and alcoholism these days, so it’s important to understand the terms regarding treatment and recovery. Banyan Treatment Center, a trusted Massachusetts drug treatment center, works through important words and phrases relating to addiction and recovery. Contact an addiction expert in Massachusetts from their team to find treatment for a loved one or for yourself.

Addiction: Repetitive behaviors that can cause harm to an individual or others.

Alcoholism: A state of alcohol dependency, both chemically and emotionally. Includes a spectrum of alcohol use disorders, such as binge drinking and alcohol dependence.

Alkaloids: Plant-based organic components that are active in a variety of substances, including morphine.

Amphetamine: Stimulants that are typically used to treat ADHD. Includes Adderall.

Analgesic: A painkiller or any drug that is used to treat pain.

Benzos: Medications such as tranquilizers that bring sedating effects.

Big Book: Alcoholics Anonymous book that contains the Twelve Steps of AA recovery.

Blackout: A state of amnesia where drugs or alcohol cause a period of memory loss. Often occurs with drinking.

Craving: A physical or emotional desire for a particular drug or substance.

Detox: The process of stopping continued drug or alcohol use. Can be medically performed or done without medical influence. Detox often comes with withdrawals.

Dual Diagnosis Disorders: The overlap of two disorders, such as substance abuse and mental health disorders. Can include alcoholism and depression, for example.

Enabling: When someone helps an addicted individual by giving them money, making excuses for the addict, or providing support that allows the addict to continue their drug use.

Fentanyl: Synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Used in medical settings, but very dangerous in illegal settings.

Intensive Outpatient: Treatment method in which patients live at home or at a sober living home during treatment. Typically, patients meet daily with treatment facilities.

Naloxone: An antagonist that blocks the effects of opioids. Brand names include Narcan.

Outpatient: Treatment received while a patient lives elsewhere during recovery. Patients may visit treatment facilities daily or weekly during recovery.

Overdose: Utilizing or ingesting more drugs that recommended. Often includes symptoms such as shortness of breath and delayed reactions. Can be fatal.

Partial Hospitalization: Treatment for patients who require ongoing medical support throughout their recovery.

Relapse: Reuse of drugs or alcohol after periods of sobriety.

Sober: The state of abstinence from drug sand alcohol.

Therapy: Includes a wide variety of approaches. Typically, one-on-one or group sessions, in which a professional therapist provides guidance and services to help patients address the emotional or mental aspects of their substance abuse.

Twelve Steps: Steps of recovery as established by Alcoholics Anonymous. Provides a framework for approaching recovery, though it is not always the ideal fit for each patient.

Withdrawals: Symptoms that become present during detox stages after stopping use of drugs or alcohol. Can include sweating, anxiety, and digestive issues.

If you or a loved one needs help finding sobriety, contact our treatment professionals at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts. Our Addiction experts for Massachusetts provide comprehensive treatment to help patients find sobriety.

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