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Term Definition
  Anhedonia is a term used to describe an inability to experience pleasure. With drug abusers, it most frequently occurs in those who have abused cocaine.  
  Anonymity is the tradition within Twelve Step programs to not acknowledge or link one’s identity (full name or photograph) as an AA/NA member at the level of “press, radio, and films” (and one would assume television and public Internet venues). This tradition allows A.A. members to speak as A.A.-identified members in a number of venues about their A.A. recovery experiences, but, as a matter of custom, usually precludes recordings, photographs or use of the full name of the speaker. Anonymity is a tradition limited to Twelve Step groups and is not practiced in such organizations as Secular Organization for Sobriety or Women for Sobriety. Going public with one’s recovery status is viewed in some cultural contexts as an important dimension of recovery(Williams, 1992).  
  Assessment for addiction occurs when a trained professional such as a counselor, an addictions specialist or other substance abuse/addiction professional or addictions trained therapist performs a clinical interview with an addict/alcoholic to determine severity and extent of the problem and, therefore, outline a course of treatment. This is essential to effective counseling in many areas which seem unrelated to addiction because its effects are often hidden causes of other problems.  
Assisted Recovery
  Assisted 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.
Bicultural Style
  Bicultural Style (of recovery) is a style of recovery in which individuals sustain their recovery through simultaneous involvement in the culture of recovery and the larger “civilian” culture (activities and relationships with individuals who do not have addiction/recovery backgrounds). A bicultural style of recovery implies the possession of subcultural and cultural skills to fluidly move in and out of the activities and relationships in the recovery culture and activities and relationships with individuals in the larger society (White, 1996).Big Plan (see Sobriety Priority)

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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