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.