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Glossary of Treatment Terms   Glossary of Drug Terms

Addiction Medicine Specialist is a medical doctor who specializes in addiction medicine.

Diversion Approved means the treatment program complies with Oregon State requirements for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) offenders.

Evaluation involves a comprehensive assessment that includes a physical exam, medical history, and other tests supervised by a physician specializing in addiction medicine.

General Counseling Services refer to mental health needs beyond, but related to, alcohol and drug dependency.

Residential Treatment includes 24-hour medically supervised detoxification followed by ongoing treatment. Patients reside at the treatment center.

Intervention Services consist of an Intervention Specialist working with one or more concerned people to interrupt the chemical dependency of a loved one.

On-site Hospital Services indicates that the facility is certified as a medical hospital.

Oregon Health Plan provides outpatient treatment for individuals with limited financial resources.

Outpatient Treatment offers daytime and/or evening treatment to adults while they live at home. Various schedules available.

Recovery Support (Continuing Care) is provided to those who complete all phases of prescribed treatment. This extended program is offered and is open to the spouse/significant other.

Relapse Intervention is the availability of a professional staff member who can assist if problems arise in the recovery process.

Screening involves a qualified counselor assessing an individual for chemical dependency and explaining treatment options.



Addiction: a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug-seeking and drug use and by neurochemical and molecular changes in the brain.

Analog: a chemical compound that is similar to another drug in its effects but differs slightly in its chemical structure.

Benzodiazepines: drugs that relieve anxiety or are prescribed as sedatives; among the most widely prescribed medications, including valium and Librium.

Central nervous system (CNS): the brain and spinal cord.

Craving: a powerful, often uncontrollable desire for drugs.

Designer Drug: an analog of a restricted drug that has psychoactive properties.

Detoxification: a process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal; often the first step in a drug treatment program.

Dopamine: a neurotransmitter present in regions of the brain that regulate movement, emotion, motivation and feelings of pleasure.

Narcolepsy: a disorder characterized by uncontrollable attacks of deep sleep.

Physical Dependence: an adaptive physiological state that occurs with regular drug use and results in a withdrawal syndrome when drug use stops.

Psychosis: a mental disorder characterized by symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations that indicate an impaired conception of reality.

Rush: a surge of euphoric pleasure that rapidly follows administration of a drug.

Seratonin: a neurotransmitter that has been implicated in states of consciousness, mood, depression and anxiety.

Tolerance: a condition in which higher doses of a drug are required to produce the same effect as experienced initially; often leads to physical dependence.

Toxic: temporary or permanent drug effects that are detrimental to the functioning of an organ or group of organs.

Withdrawal: a variety of symptoms that occur after use of an addictive drug is reduced or stopped.


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