General Definitions - Addiction Recovery "C"

Useful definitions in addiction recovery:   “C”

Clinical: Assessment and understanding based on research and treatment of psychological or physical distress.

Clinical Training: Instruction in counseling and psychology: classroom and supervised internship, working directly with clients. Clinical training is the practical application of how to facilitate healing.

Codependent, Enabler, Rescuer, Controller: Anyone, usually a partner, whose “helpful” attitudes and behaviors enables the addict to continue to use. A codependent is addicted to pleasing, fixing, and rescuing the addict, and not looking at themselves. See also CODA and Al-Anonn.

Cognitive: Thinking or awareness of thinking.

Cognitive Therapy: Therapy that focuses on increasing the accuracy and focus of the client’s thinking from negative problems to positive solutions.

Co-ing: Codependent behavior. See Codependent.

Consequence: A result that follows an action or a situation. Often used to mean a negative result.

Container: Mental imagery tool; an imagined container that holds an emotional issue until you’re ready to deal with it.

Contempt: An intensely negative feeling or attitude towards someone or something as being inferior or worthless.

Co-occurring: Additional conditions that accompany the primary condition or issue.

Cortisol: A hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It increases blood sugar and often leads to weight gain.

Counseling (Psychotherapy): The process of a trained professional working to assist a client in moving through personal issues and related feelings about current, past, and childhood issues. There are many styles; talk therapy is the most common. See also Psychotherapy.

Counselor: Usually a trained professional who may or may not specialize in addiction treatment. Counselors have a wide range of training. If in private practice, he or she will hold a private psychotherapy license. See also Psychotherapist.

Critic: An inner voice that attempts to help by pointing out your deficits, mostly judges and demeans.

Cross Addiction: A person dependent on one substance or behavior, trades that addiction for another one, often prescription medication.

Cue: See Trigger.


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General Addiction Definitions - "B"Useful definitions in addiction recovery:   “B”

Baseline: A starting point or personal standard that provides a point of reference for evaluating change. A new baseline can be created.

Behavioral Addiction: Any behavior you continue to participate in, in spite of negative consequences. See Process Addiction.

Behavioral Therapy: Therapy that focuses on reducing negative behaviors and increasing positive ones.

Belief: An acceptance that something is true and that things that in opposition to that belief, are not true.

Bond: A deep, emotional connection with another person.

Boundary: A physical, visual, mental, emotional, or spiritual border or limit: your resources, space, or time. A big issue in personal relationships, especially codependency.

Brain Scan: An image of one’s brain taken with a fMRI, MRI, PET, or SPECT machine. It provides insight of brain functioning, helping with diagnosis and treatment.

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Definitions Useful to Addiction Recovery

These general definitions are useful in addiction recovery:   “A”

Abstinence, Clean, Clean, Sober: Free of all mood-altering substances and addictive behaviors.

Addict, User, Abuser: A person who is using substances or practices any behavior excessively and consistently, in spite of negative consequences.

Addiction, Using, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Addiction: An addiction is an excessive behavior or a physical and emotional dependence. One feels compelled to indulge in the behavior or use, even after it has created major life problems.

Addictive Process: The process where one practices their addictive behaviors or substance abuse, in spite of negative consequences.

Adult Child of an Alcoholic (ACA), Addict or Dysfunctional Family: Someone raised in an addicted or chaotic family system. ACAs are characterized by lack of trust, fear of abandonment, and approval-seeking.

Alcohol, Drug, Mood-Altering or Psychoactive Substances: Substances that create a positive change in perception, mood, or consciousness, usually with a lot of pleasure.

Amino Acid Repair: The healing of brain and body through, amino acids (protein) and other quality nutrition.

Anchor, Trigger, Que: A memory of a person, place, situation or something that’s wired into the memory and is experienced when stimulated.

Attitude: An expression of favor or disfavor towards something.

Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS): Negative thoughts, often based on lies, which become an automatic, declared as true, and damaging your self-esteem and self-concept.

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Personalized Diet Approach

Personalized Diet Approach

It’s best if your diet is based on your nutritional needs. Ultimately, if you listen to the feedback your body is giving, you can determine the foods you were designed to eat. Are you tired, fulfilled, or starving 20 minutes after you eat? If you feel really tired, hyper, or sad soon after you have finished a meal, maybe you are eating the wrong foods for you. Also look into food allergies. You can get tested for food allergies, or just eat a suspicious food by itself and see what happens. Allergies to wheat and other products can cause relapse and physical problems, even death.

General Recovery Diet

  • Fresh food is best; frozen is the next best.
  • Protein: Eat meats three times a day in moderate portions; also consider amino acid supplements.
  • Supplements: Take daily:
  • High-quality amino acids until your diet improves
  • Vitamins and minerals (cold press, food state)
  • Fresh vegetables: All colors. As many and as much as possible.
  • Fresh fruit: Equivalent 1 to 2 cups a day.
  • All fats: Omega 6 and 9, but mostly Omega 3.
  • Greatly reduce or eliminate all processed foods, processed sugar, and flour.
  • Includes most cereals, packaged meals, and a lot of restaurant food.
  • Eliminate all artificial sweeteners.
  • No caffeine or nicotine.
  • No foods you’re allergic to.

It’s especially important to follow this food program during the amino acid repair phase. This is usually a 3 to 12-month period, but varies with the person.

General Menu Ideas

Bread: The best breads are apparently sprouted grain, stone ground whole-wheat, rye, or pumpernickel. Though these are healthier options, you still want to limit your intake.

Sugar: Processed or refined sugar is addicting, and it is a contributor to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. All of those conditions damage your brain.

Salt: Salt is also addicting. Alkalizing mineral salt is supposed to be the better option and is very good for you, meaning you can use a reasonable amount and still be healthy. This product is expensive.

Note: Consider:

  • Steaming vegetables
  • Baking fish
  • Replacing butter, cheese, sour cream, salad dressing (oil), etc. with smaller amounts, unless…
  • Using extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • Using almond, coconut, or rice milk
  • Reducing Omega 6 fat
  • Using organic products
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Amino Acid Therapy Precautions

Amino Acid Therapy PrecautionsConsult a knowledgeable professional if you:

  • React negatively to supplements
  • Have a serious physical illness, particularly cancer
  • Have severe liver, kidney, or ulcer problems
  • Are pregnant or nursing
  • Have Bipolar or other mental disorders
  • Are taking mood-stabilizing medication

If you have:                                           

  •  Melanoma, PKU, Grave’s Disease  –  be cautious of DLPADPA
  • High blood pressure  –  be cautious of L-tyrosine, DLPA, DPA
  • Very low blood pressure  – be cautious of  L-tyrosine, DLPA, L-phenylalanine
  • Bipolar tendencies  –  be cautious of L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, DLPA, L-glutamine
  • Asthma, severe depression  –  be cautious of Melatonin
  • A carcinoid tumor  –  be cautious of L-tyrosine, DLPA
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis  – be cautious of DLPA, DPA

Additional Nutrients for Detoxification

For all addictive substances: General multivitamins and minerals, Vitamin C (up to 5,000 mg daily), Omega 3, and a pro-recovery diet are helpful. Amino acids vary with your situation. There are specific amino acid compounds blended to help your brain regenerate in early recovery.

For liver detox: Vitamin C.


Tests help determine whether something physical or chemical is working or not working. There are tests that examine neurotransmitter and amino acid levels, as well as those pertaining to adrenal glands, blood sugar, food allergies, Vitamin D, the liver, pancreas, Pyroluria, and thyroid gland. Consult with a qualified professional.

Orthomolecular Medicine and Psychiatry

Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances that are natural to the body. According to this field, Pyroluria is a blood disorder that appears to cause depression and contributes to many addictive, psychiatric, behavioral, and physical conditions. The established medical field currently disputes the concepts behind orthomolecular medicine.

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