Addiction Acronyms


AA Alcoholics Anonymous
AAAP American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
AACP American Association of Community Psychiatrists
AAMFT American Associated of Marriage and Family Therapists
AATOD American Association of the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
ACA Adult Children of Alcoholics
ACT Assertive Community Treatment
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADM Alcohol, Drug Abuse or Mental Disorders
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AMI Alliance for the Mentally Ill
AMTA American Methadone Treatment Association
AOD Alcohol and Other Drugs
AOS Addiction Only Services
APA American Psychological Association
APD Antisocial Personality Disorder
ARND Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder
ASAM American Society of Addiction Medicine
ASI Addiction Severity Index
ASPD Antisocial Personality Disorder
ATR Art Therapist Registered
ATTC Addiction Technology Transfer Center
AUDIT Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
AUS Alcohol Use Scale


BAC Blood Alcohol Content
BAI Beck Anxiety Inventory
BDI Beck Depression Inventory
BHT Behavioral Health Technician
BED Binge-eating disorder
BP Bipolar
BPD Borderline Personality Disorder
BSI Brief Symptom Inventory
BT Behavior Therapy


CA Cocaine Anonymous
CAAPE Comprehensive Addictions and Psychological Assessment
CADC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
CAMI Chemically Abusing Mentally Ill
CAP Certified Addiction Professional
CARF Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CBT Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy
CCISC Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care
CD Chemical Dependency
CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CE Continuing Education
CINA Clinical Institute Narcotic Assessment
CIWA-Ar Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment
CM Contingency Management
CMHS Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)
COD Co-Occurring Disorders
CQI Continuous Quality Improvement
CSAP Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA); Corrections Substance Abuse Program
CSAT Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA)
CTRS Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
CTU Crisis Triage Unit


DAI Drug Abuse Index
DALI Dartmouth Assessment of Lifestyle Inventory
DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education
DAST Drug Abuse Screening Test
DATOS Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Studies
DBT Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DDC Dual Diagnosis Capable
DDE Dual Diagnosis Enhanced
DDRN Dual Diagnosis Recovery Network
DID dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder
DIS Diagnostic Interview Schedule
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition
DTR Double Trouble in Recovery
DUI Driving Under the Influence
DUS Drug Use Scale
DWI Driving While Intoxicated


EAP Employee Assistance Program
EBP Evidence Based Practices
ECA Epidemiological Catchment Area
ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy
ED Eating Disorder
EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMR Electronic Medical Record
ER Emergency Room
ETOH Ethyl Alcohol


FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FASD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act


GA Gamblers Anonymous
GAD General Anxiety Disorder
GAIN Global Appraisal of Individual Needs
GHB Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid


HCRA Health Care Reform Act
HHS United States Department of Health and Human Services
HIP HIV Integration Project
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus


ICM Intensive Case Management
ICOPSD individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders
IOM Institute of Medicine
IOP Intensive Outpatient
IPR Intensive Inpatient Rehabilitation


LCADC Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LOCUS Level of Care Utilization System
LOC Length of Care
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor


MA Methadone Anonymous
MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving
MAST Michigan Alcoholism Screen Test
MAT Medication Assisted Treatment
MATCH Matching Alcoholism Treatment to Client Heterogeneity
MDDA Manic Depressive and Depressive Association
MET Motivational Enhancement Techniques
MFIR Men’s Forensic Intensive Recovery
MHSF-III Mental Health Screening Form-III
MHT Mental Health Technician
MI Motivational Interviewing
MICA Mentally Ill Chemical Abuser
MICD Mentally Ill Chemically Dependent
MIDAS Mental Illness Drug and Alcohol Screening
MINI Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview
MISA Mentally Ill Substance Abuser
MISU Mentally Ill Substance Using
MPD Multiple Personality Disorder
MMPI Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
MTC Modified Therapeutic Community
MSW Masters in Social Work


NA Narcotics Anonymous
NAADAC National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
NAC National Advisory Council
NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NASADAD National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
NASMHPD National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
NCADI National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
NCS National Comorbidity Study
NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
NLAES National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Study
NMHA National Mental Health Association
NRC National Research Council
NTIES National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study


OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OD Overdose
OMT Opioid Maintenance Therapy
ONDCP Office of National Drug Control Policy
OP Outpatient
OTC Over the Counter Medication
OTP Opioid Treatment Program


PAWS Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms
PCP Phencyclidine
PD personality disorder
PG pathological gambling
PHI Protected Health Information
PIC Practice Improvement Collaboratives
PPC Patient Placement Criteria
PRISM Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders
PTSD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


REM Rapid Eye Movement
RPT Relapse Prevention Therapy
RR Rational Recovery
RTC Residential Treatment Center


SADAP State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Profiles
SAI Substance Abuse Initiative
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMI substance abusing mentally ill
SAMM Substance Abuse Management Module
SAP Substance Abuse Professional
SCID Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnosis
SDS Symptom Distress Scale
SMI Severely Mentally Ill
SOGS South Oaks Gambling Screen
SPMI Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
SSI Simple Screening Instrument for AOD Abuse
SSRI Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
STEMSS Support Together for Emotional/Mental Serenity and Sobriety
STP Short-Term Program


TC Therapeutic Community
THC Tetrahydrocannabinol
TIP Treatment Improvement Protocol
TREM Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model
TX Treatment


UA Urinalysis
UDS Urine Drug Screening
UFDS Uniform Facility Data Set
UR Utilization Review
URICA University of Rhode Island Change Assessment Scale