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Abstinence
To refrain from the usage of chemicals for which a person may have become addicted.


Addict
A person who has a craving for mind altering substance of which he/she cannot help.


Addiction
A dependence on alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. that becomes a physical and psychological craving. No consequence or hurt can stop an addiction.


Al-Anon
A 12-step process for loved ones who have been affected by an alcoholic/addict. It introduces alcoholism to those who might not understand the disease. It teaches coping skills and how to become supportive of the alcoholic yet not enable them.


Alcoholic
A person who drinks alcoholic substances habitually. One who cannot fight the craving once started.


Alcoholics Anonymous
A voluntary, anonymous, self-help organization of individuals who have a problem with their consumption of chemicals whether drugs or alcohol. Abstinence is achieved through a 12-step process and a setting of one alcoholic sharing his/her like experiences with another alcoholic.


Alcoholism
A disease characterized by the excessive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic beverages, which co


Amphetamine
Synthetic amines (uppers) that act with a pronounced stimulant effect on the nervous system.


Amphetamines
Amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methamphetamine, and their various salts are collectively referred to as amphetamines. In fact, their chemical properties and actions are so similar that even experienced users have difficulty knowing which drug they have taken. Methamphetamine is the most commonly abused.