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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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