Useful Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Acronyms You Should Know

alphabet letters acronyms for addiction and treatment

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 aids fellowship to help people struggling with an alcohol addiction and achieve sobriety.

NA = Narcotics Anonymous. A worldwide mutual aids fellowship to help people struggling with a 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 abuse treatment programs including detox centers, impatient/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 imprisonment 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 parent of an person with an addiction.

YANA = You are not alone.

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    October 12, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    This was very informational but lacked detail to explain everything they needed to say.

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    December 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    I deal with these on a daily basis, it’s nice to have this as a reference.

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    November 21, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    Preparation is one of the most crucial aspects for developing a successful intervention. First and foremost, you will need to develop an intervention team that consists of friends, family, co-workers, professionals or anyone that the addict has a healthy relationship with. The individuals making up the intervention are not abusers or dependent themselves. The team should be built with at the least 5 people, if possible, before moving forward. The team should not exceed 12 people, or it will be too overwhelming for the addict.

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    August 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Thank you! Even though I spend a lot of time writing and speaking on this subject, I don’t know all of these either.

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    Patti Herndon

    August 29, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    Wow…this is just awesome! Thanks for this helpful tool…

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