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Alphabet Soup
Acronyms in the Treatment and Recovery Arena

Alcoholics Anonymous

Twelve-step program consisting of meeting and support for people in all stages
of recovery.


Adult Children of Alcoholic

Organization that is intended to provide a forum for individuals who desire to recover
from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family.


American Disabilities Act

A civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.


Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Terminology used to refer to the primary categories of substances with a potential for
misuse and /or abuse.


Cocaine Anonymous

Twelve-step program for people who seek recovery from drug addiction.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Psycho-social intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for
improving mental health.


Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

A non-profit managed care organization, working with a system of provider agencies
to deliver innovative, accessible behavioral health services.


Center for Disease Control

The leading federal public health institute, under the Department of Health and
Human Services, with the mission to save lives and protect people from health, safety,
and security threats.


Clinical Alcohol Withdrawal Scale

A tool utilized in a clinical setting to measure withdrawal symptoms.


Council on Chemical Abuse

Berks County coordinating agency for publicly funded drug and alcohol prevention,
intervention, treatment, and recovery services.


Certified Prevention Specialist

An individual with training who provides services that build capacities of individuals
and systems to promote healthy environments, lifestyles and communities.


Certified Recovery Specialist

Person in recovery with expert training to assist others into the journey of recovery.


Department of Drug and Alcohol Programming

The Pennsylvania Single State Authority designated to engage, coordinate and lead
statewide efforts to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol and gambling addiction and
abuse; and to promote recovery.


Drug of choice

An illicit substance one is addicted to or tends to prefer.


Employee Assistant Program

A voluntary, work-based program that offers free and confidential assessments, shortterm counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to employees.


Ethyl Alcohol

A chemical in many alcoholic beverages.


Level of care

A set of criteria for determining the most appropriate level of care for individuals
seeking treatment for substance abuse.


Length of stay

The duration of a single episode of hospitalization.


Medical Assistance

A public insurance system with eligibility mainly based on income.


Medication Assisted Treatment

An evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders that combines behavioral
therapy and medications.


Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention

A relapse prevention approach designed to bring practices of mindful awareness to
individuals who have suffered from substance use disorders.


Mental Health

A person's condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.

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