terms to know
AlcoholismPhysical dependence on alcohol.
ASAM levels of careThe most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions. Established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
AssessmentThe purpose of an assessment is to gather the detailed information needed for a treatment plan that meets the individual needs of the person. It is a clinical process for defining the nature of the problem, determining a diagnosis and developing specific treatment recommendations for addressing the problem or diagnosis. Please note: Recover Alaska and Alaska 2-1-1 do not provide assessments.
BAC or blood alcohol concentrationThe concentration of alcohol in the bloodstream. A BAC of .10 means the individual’s body has one part alcohol for every 1000 parts of blood. In Alaska, as in most U.S. states, you are considered legally drunk if your BAC is .08% or greater.
Cold turkeyQuitting alcohol completely without weaning off and without any medical help.
Cross-dependenceThe ability of one drug to prevent withdrawal signs and symptoms of an individual’s physical dependence on another drug.
DTs or delirium tremensA severe form of alcohol withdrawal. Individuals may have a fever, severe hypertension with a rapid heart rate, agitation and inability to remain still. Other symptoms can include drenching sweats, visual hallucinations and extreme confusion. DTs can be fatal and require hospitalization.
Detox or detoxificationThe process of abstaining from and ridding the body of alcohol.
Dual diagnosisIndividuals diagnosed with both an addictive disorder (such as alcoholism) and mental health disorder (such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia).
DSM-VThe fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by providers to diagnose mental disorders, including addiction.
Early interventionAssessment and education for at-risk individuals who have not been diagnosed with a substance use disorder
Inpatient treatmentMedical treatment that takes place within a hospital or residential treatment facility. Inpatient rehab programs generally range from 28 days to 90 days or more.
InterventionA planned, professionally directed interaction in which family or friends confront an alcoholic and share their concerns.
Medication-assisted treatmentTreatment that combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.
Outpatient treatmentMedical treatment without admission to a hospital or residential treatment facility.
Residential treatmentA live-in health care facility that provides treatment for substance abuse disorders.
ScreeningThe purpose of a screening is to determine whether a person needs an assessment. It is a process for evaluating the possible presence of a problem by asking questions carefully designed to determine whether a more thorough evaluation for a particular problem or disorder is warranted.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat’s considered a “standard drink” of alcohol?
An international fellowship of men and women who have struggled with a drinking problem
A professional web guide that can connect addicts and families with recovery and treatment options.
Addiction Resource Hub
For individuals and families needing information about any aspect of preventing, treating, or recovering from addiction. For those in search of answers, and those who don’t yet know which questions to ask—this is a place to start.
Advanced Recovery Systems
Helping men, women and adolescents who are struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.
Alaska Al-Anon Family Groups
A support group for friends and family of problem drinkers
Alaska Family Services
Providing “Services for Families” that include substance abuse & mental health screenings, assessments, and outpatient treatment for adults, youth & children.
Alaska Fire Fighter Peer Support
Fire service professionals that provide ongoing wellness resources that are needed in the fire service and for emergency responders.
American Indian Health-Mental Health Topics
A collection of resources from the United States National Library of Medicine about issues that affect the health and well-being of Native Americans and Native Alaskans.
A campaign dedicated to preventing and reducing underage drinking in Alaska.
Bridges 2 Recovery
A grassroots organization seeking to remove the social stigma associated with addiction treatment and being in recovery, working to build a community banding together to share powerful, personal stories of transformation that will inspire others to pursue help.
Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
A state of Alaska council that sponsors 20 victim service programs offering emergency shelter, safety planning and community-based advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
A video series produced in collaboration between Recover Alaska and Koahnic Broadcast Corp. featuring Alaskans’ stories of recovery from alcohol.
A web resource dedicated to the treatment of addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders and mental health issues.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual prenatally exposed to alcohol. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.
The first step to a productive conversation around addiction starts with listening. Listen offers support through connected resources, and eliminates blame, shame and stigma by amplifying the stories of millions of Americans whose lives are affected by addiction.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
A federal organization dedicated to leading the U.S. in bringing the power of science to issues of drug abuse and addiction.
A list of resources for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome support and information in Alaska.
An overview of mental health from the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus website.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health in the U.S.
Statewide information resource for, about and by Alaskans.
Southcentral Behavioral Health Providers
List of providers and associated services including but not limited to: Detox, Medication Assisted Therapies, Substance Use Disorder Assessment, Alcohol & Drug Information Schools, etc.
Surgeon General’s report, “Facing Addiction”
A new federal report that calls for a shift in the way America addresses substance addictions.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs- Mental Health Resources
Authoritative mental health information and resources for veterans and their families.
Volunteers of America
Programs that meet the needs of children, adolescents, families and seniors in need.
Youth Prevention Guide
A helpful guide on How to Prevent High School Students from Experimenting with Drugs and Alcohol