There are 19 entries in this glossary.
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Tapering Down
  Tapering Down is a strategy of lowering frequency and quantity of alcohol and other drug consumption either as an end in itself or in preparation for a final quit date. The strategy is designed to lower pharmacological tolerance, ease acute withdrawal at the point of quitting, and serve as a recovery priming experience (Miller and Page, 1991).  
Temple
  Temple (Body as) is a Christian recovery concept in which the human body is viewed as the temple of God. The concept calls for respect for that temple via refusal to defile that temple with poisons (alcohol and other drugs).  
Temple (Body as)
  Temple (Body as) is a Christian recovery concept in which the human body is viewed as the temple of God. The concept calls for respect for that temple via refusal to defile that temple with poisons (alcohol and other drugs).  
The Beast
  The Beast (a.k.a. Monster, Dragon, Demon, Devil)is a mytho-magical personification of addiction—the compulsion to use alcohol and other drugs and the voice (self-talk) that feeds that compulsion. The “Beast” is a prominent metaphor within the philosophy of Rational Recovery. Externalizing thoughts that support addiction in the persona of the Beast provides a mechanism of control over such self-talk. Rational Recovery promotes a particular technique (Addictive Voice Recognition Training—AVRT) to identify and self-manage such thoughts (Trimpey, 1989). References to “Chasing the Dragon” and “Sleeping with the Devil” as metaphors for addiction, and references to “Battling with the Demon,” “Grappling with the Monster” and “Slaying the Dragon” as metaphors for addiction recovery date back more than a century (Dacus, 1877; Arthur, 1877; Parton, 1868). Such terms reflect the process through which the recovering person castigates and degrades a previously loved object in order to create distance between themselves and the poisonous object of their affection.  
The Ecology of Recovery
  The Ecology of Recovery is a phrase intended to reinforce the idea that there are ecosystems that can nourish recovery experiments and ecosystems that can crush recovery experiments. The study of the ecology of recovery focuses on the way in which an individual’s relationship with his or her physical and social environment influences the viability and quality of recovery. The phrase suggests a possible integration between clinical models that focus on the individual and public health models that focus on the drug, context and consequences of drug-taking or drug-abstaining decisions. More radical conceptualizations of addiction and recovery see the former emerging “organically” from a sick social system and view recovery as contingent upon created a healthier social system that makes recovery possible (see Tabor, 1970).  

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  • Tapering Down
      Tapering Down is a strategy of lowering frequency and quantity of alcohol and other drug consump
  • Temple
      Temple (Body as) is a Christian recovery concept in which the human body is viewed as t
  • Temple (Body as)
      Temple (Body as) is a Christian recovery concept in which the human body is viewed as th
  • The Beast
      The Beast (a.k.a. Monster, Dragon, Demon, Devil)is a mytho-magical personification of a
  • The Ecology of Recovery
      The Ecology of Recovery is a phrase intended to reinforce the idea that there are ecosy