Drug and Alcohol Acronyms

Lately, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has been noticing the use of acronyms in the comments posted below.  Some of them we knew (i.e. AA, CA, NA) and some just left us scratching our heads (i.e. IME, CPA, HTH).

So, in an effort to eliminate any confusion and to really make this our community, we need your help. From our newbies, to our loyal readers (hello, friends!) and everyone in-between.  Please share in the comments section below of any acronyms that you use or ones that we may have left off.

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 addict.
YANA = You are not alone.
HTH = Hope that helps.
IME = In my experience.

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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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