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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