Useful Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Acronyms You Should Know

Useful Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Acronyms You Should Know

There are so many acronyms in the substance use world, it can make parents’ heads spin. We’ve assembled some of the more common ones here so that you can become familiar with them, should you come across them in helping your child and family work towards recovery.

AA = Alcoholics Anonymous. A worldwide mutual aid fellowship to help people struggling with alcohol addiction and achieve sobriety.

NA = Narcotics Anonymous. A worldwide mutual aid fellowship to help people struggling with drug addiction. All groups are bound by the 12 Step Program.

CA = Cocaine Anonymous. A nationwide fellowship to help men and women share experiences and strengths with each other in hopes of recovering from a drug addiction (cocaine and other mind-altering substances).

AOD = Alcohol and other drugs.

AODA = Alcohol and other drug abuse. Wide range of alcohol and drug treatment programs including detox centers, inpatient/outpatient facilities, day treatment, residential programs, and intervention/prevention efforts.                    

COA = Child of an alcoholic.

PO = Probation Officer, Parole Officer. Supervises offenders recently released from prison or sentenced to non-custodial sanctions such as community service.

COD = Co-occurring disorder. People who have dual disorders, diagnosed by a doctor, such as substance use and mental health disorders.

CSO = Concerned significant other.

CPA = Concerned parents of a person with an addiction.

YANA = You are not alone.

Acceptance

My Reflection: I felt I had failed my son. He was a drug addict and I couldn’t stop it. Mothers protect their children, right? I wanted to blame the addiction on anyone, even myself, but certainly not my first-born son.

In time, I learned that trying to assign blame didn’t help anyone: not me, not my son, not my family. I learned to have faith in the Al-Anon saying: “You didn’t cause it, you can’t cure it, but you can contribute to it.” Wherever the addiction came from, I had to acknowledge it, accept it, and move forward in prayer and action. Feeling like a failure did no one any good.

Today’s Promise: I am not a failure as a mother. Addiction is a part of our lives. It is no one’s fault.

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