General Definitions – O

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Here are O – addiction recovery general definitions.

Observing or Observer Self: A mental “self” concept which observes one’s thoughts and behaviors, and clarifies what one wants and doesn’t want, and motivates one to take desirable actions.

Optimistic: A confident, hopeful, and positive outlook about the future; can be unrealistic.

Orthomolecular Medicine: An alternative medicine that uses diet and nutritional supplements to create an optimum environment in the body and that will fight diseases.

Orthomolecular Psychiatry: The use of orthomolecular medicine to treat mental illness, using unorthodox forms of testing, diagnosis, and treatment.

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General Definitions – N

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Negative Tapes: Negative messages from society are unconsciously accepted as true and are replayed, usually outside of conscious awareness.

Neurons: Brain nerve cells that process and transmit information through chemical signals.

Neuropathways: A path made by many thousands of neurons so that messages can travel in the brain.

Neurotransmitters: The brain chemicals that jump the gap between neurons, causing the completion of neuron transmission and messages to travel throughout the brain.

Normalize: To clarify that something that appears to be abnormal is normal; by showing you that it’s more common than you thought that it was.

Nutritional Therapy: A recovery approach that focuses on diet and nutritional supplements.

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General Definitions – M

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M – Addiction Recovery Definitions

Maintenance Addiction: A substance or behavior that one chooses to continue to control, because it’s necessary, like food, or is very desirable, like an intimate relationship.

Medical Model: A model of addiction as a disease that is best treated by medical professionals.

Minimization: Seeing something or a situation as less significant than it actually is.

Mirroring: Matching or copying another’s behavior, non-verbally communicating with each other in the process.

Mirror Neurons: Is a neuron that fires when you act and when you observe the same action performed by another, “mirroring” the behavior of the other person, as though you were performing the action.

Model, Modeling: To watch someone’s behavior and practice acting the same way, until it become comfortable.

Mood-Altering, Psychoactive Substance: A substance or behavior that affects the brain, creating intense pleasure and changing one’s emotional state.

Motivation: The reasons you act the way they do. There are many factors such as your intensity of desire or need, reward value of the goal, and your or other’s expectations.

Multiple Disciplinary Approach: This is the name for a team treatment approach, which can include a psychiatrist, nurse, social worker, counselor, and other professional.

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General Definitions Addiction Recovery - I

Identified Problem, Identified Patient (IP): As part of the Addicted (Dysfunctional) Family System Model, the IP is the one with the problem, the sick one versus other family members who see themselves as having no problems. The IP takes the pressure off of other members, and keeps balance.

Illusion: Something that appears to be or is interpreted to be real but isn’t.

Inherited: Received from your parents, such as genetics or generation habits and beliefs.

Inhibition: A feeling that makes one self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way.

Inner Child: A childlike part of one’s self that was learned and experienced as a child.

Inner Child Work: The healing of unresolved childhood issues and trauma. Healing your damaged inner child may be essential for your recovery.

Integrate: Merging two or more aspects of yourself, so one functions as a whole.

Intellectualize: To think, reason, or analyze something or someone without awareness of your feelings; not relating on an emotional level to the person or situation. It’s often used as a defense.

Intern: A student with scholastic training who is getting experience working directly with clients, fulfilling the requirements for a personal license.

Intimate Others: Anyone you feel comfortable talking with about your personal life. Often, intimate others are part of your support group.

Isolation: Choosing to be physically or emotionally alone, usually to avoid dealing with a difficult issue, person or situation.

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Half Glass: Half-full is optimistic, half- empty is pessimistic.

Half-life: The time a substance takes to lose ½ of its potency.

Heart Trigger: Your Heart Trigger is the thing that gives you your strongest, emotionally charged motivation to stay clean.

Higher Power (HP): Any spiritual source that you accept as your guide and strength..

Higher Self: Your spiritual self or soul, that connects you to your concept of a higher power or a spiritual reality.

Hyperglycemia: Above normal blood sugar (glucose) level.

Hypoglycemia: Below normal blood sugar (glucose) level.

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General Definition Addiction Recovery - G

Genetic Predisposition: A higher level of vulnerability for a condition to develop due to your genetic blueprint.

Gratification: Happiness from engaging in personally satisfying and purposeful activities.

Gratitude: A thankful or appreciative attitude.

Guilt: Inner conflict due to your belief (true or not) that you violated your own standard of conduct, or a moral standard.

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General Definition Addiction Recovery - F

Facilitator: A person who leads and assists a group in an experience for a common objective.

Faith: Complete trust or belief in a person, thing, teaching or doctrine, not based of proof.

Family System: The way that family members interact with each other, the patterns maintain the roles, rules, orderliness, beliefs, and balance of the family.

Family System (Dysfunctional): An unhealthy style of family relating that is closed to outside influences and discourages communication or change in an attempt to protect the homeostasis (balance) of the system.

Family System (Addicted): See Enmeshed

Feedback System: A way to receive information about your behavior that can guide future actions if you pay attention, examples are other people’s reaction to you or your feelings.

Flooding: Becoming emotionally overwhelmed.

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General Definitions - E

Emotion: An intuitive feeling, based on complex subjective experience from biological, physical, psychological, and social responses to a life situation; influenced by mood, personality, motivation, hormones, and neurotransmitters.

Emotional Bondage: Being caught in cycle of emotional abuse, and feeling unable to break free. Usually inflicted by another person, but can be self-inflicted.

Emotional Flexibility: The ability to experience the full-range of emotions, positive and negative, and express them appropriately, and then let them go.

Emotional Intelligence: The ability to know what you are feeling and how to deal with those feelings.

Emotional Regulation: The ability monitor, evaluate, and modify your emotional reaction, and respond appropriately.

Empathy: The capacity to recognize, feel and ask about another person’s emotional experience.

End Stage Addiction: When one’s addiction has led them to enough health consequences that they will likely die.

Engagement, The Zone, The Groove: The ability to be totally involved, absorbed, or lost in a challenging activity; can be, but is not always fun.

Enmeshed: Family members drop their boundaries, lose their identity and direction, take on family roles, and help perpetuate the family’s addiction.

Environment or Social Trigger: Any person, place, thing, situation, or time that has a past association with using, and that could cause you to feel like using.

Euphoria, High, Intoxication: The emotional brain state of ecstasy, joy, and complete self-satisfaction; usually with change in perception, mood, or consciousness.

Euphoric Recall: Remembering and re-experiencing using as a very positive experience while disregarding the negatives.

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General Addiction Recovery Definitions - DUseful definitions in addiction recovery:  “D”

Defenses, Psychological: Psychological protection to cope with and reduce anxiety. There are various types of defenses, primarily unconscious. The most common is denial.

Defensive, Defended: Using one of many defenses as protection against change, criticism, vulnerability, or mental-emotional attack. Defenses can be used counterproductive.

Denial: A defense; the refusal to accept the truth, even in spite of feedback from people you trust.

Detoxification, Detox: The period of physical withdrawal from a substance.

Diagnose: The process of identifying and labeling the cause of a condition or situation.

DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders): The psychiatric insurance bible for diagnosing mental illness; current version is DSM-V.

Dual Diagnosis: A diagnosis wherein one has an addiction and a psychological-psychiatric condition.

Dysfunctional Family: A family’s very ineffective way of interacting with each other and the world.

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