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Term Definition
Affiliated Recovery
  Affiliated Recovery is a style of recovery in which the initiation and maintenance of recovery is achieved through relationships with other individuals in recovery. Affiliated recovery also reflects incorporating the status of addiction and recovery into one’s personal identity and story style.  
Alcoholism
  Physical dependence on alcohol to the extent that stopping alcohol use will bring on withdrawal symptoms. The term may also be used to refer to ingrained drinking habits that cause health or social problems. Treatment requires first ending the physical dependence, then making lifestyle changes that help the individual avoid relapse. In some cases, medication or hospitalization are needed. Alcohol dependence can have many serious effects on the brain, liver, and other organs of the body.  
Alexithymia
    Alexithymia is the inability to cognitively label and express one’s own feelings and experiences. The term has relevance here as a metaphor for the experience of people for whom traditional words and ideas do not accurately depict their problematic alcohol/drug relationships or serve as a catalyst for change. While this condition is often attributed simply to a person’s failure to “get it,” the solution is usually found in an alternative set of words, metaphors and relationships that do fit their experience and needs and, as a result, incite change (see Metaphors of Transformation).  
Amends
  Amends means to "make-up" for past negative behavior(s) so as to relieve self of guilt and, therefore, stay sober and clean. It is an action, done genuinely to fix things, not merely saying, "I'm sorry". If my computer has a faulty cable and I pick up the cable and apologize, it does not get fixed. It is not amended, I have to change it. So it is also true with amends to people: when I cahnge my behavior after I have admitted that I was wrong, I have made great strides in amending the harm done. Eventually, we learn to "do the right thing" for virtue's sake, not merel;y because it will help US.  
Amplification Effect
  Amplification Effect is the strengthening of treatment and/or recovery support services by combining or sequencing particular interventions, activities, or experiences. These combinations and sequences interact synergistically to produce changes of greater intensity than would be achieved if the same elements were used in isolation from each other or in less effective sequences. For example, an individual in a Twelve-Step supported recovery gets greater benefit from combining active step work, home group attendance, sponsorship and other service work, and extra-meeting social activities than by doing any one of these activities in isolation.

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  • Abstinence
      Abstinence, for addicts and alcoholics, is the nonuse of mood-altering drugs to include
  • Abstinence
    Abstinence is absence of alcohol and/or drugs as opposed to the term sober.  Abstinence does not im
  • Abstinence-Based Recovery
    Abstinence-based Recovery is the resolution of alcohol- and other drug-related problems through the
  • Abuse
      Abuse is a term to describe excessive drinking or using for relief from a problem in on
  • Acetaldehyde
      Acetaldehyde is the metabolite that occurs when alcohol dehydrogenase metabolizes alcoh