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Acronyms and Terminology

Definitions for common acronyms, abbreviations and other terms used in the Addiction Treatment industry.

SUD – Substance Use Disorder – Treatment Track

SUD – Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are treatable, chronic diseases characterized by a problematic pattern of use of a substance or substances leading to impairments in health, social function, and control over substance use.

Detox - Detoxification

“Detoxification,” is a process involving sub-acute care that is provided on a residential or an outpatient basis to assist clients who meet the placement criteria for this component to withdraw from the physiological and psychological effects of substance abuse.

Res 1 – Residential Treatment

“Residential Treatment,” is provided on a residential basis 24 hours-per-day, 7 days-per-week, and is intended for clients who meet the placement criteria for this component. For the purpose of these rules, there are five levels of residential treatment that vary according to the type, frequency, and duration of services provided.

DNT – Day or Night Treatment with Community Housing

“Day or Night Treatment with Community Housing,” is provided on a nonresidential basis at least 5 hours each day and at least 25 hours each week and is intended for clients who can benefit from living independently in peer community housing while undergoing treatment.

IOP – Intensive Outpatient Treatment

“Intensive Outpatient Treatment,” is provided on a nonresidential basis and is intended for clients who meet the placement criteria for this component. This component provides structured services each day that may include ancillary psychiatric and medical services.

OP – Outpatient Treatment

“Outpatient Treatment,” is provided on a nonresidential basis and is intended for clients who meet the placement criteria for this component.

MH – Mental Health – Treatment Track

MH Disorder

A mental disorder is characterized by a clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotional regulation, or behavior. It is usually associated with distress or impairment in important areas of functioning.

Res II - Residential Treatment

A Level II facility provides a structured group treatment setting with 24 hour per day, 7 days per week supervision for five or more residents who range from those who have significant deficits in independent living skills and need extensive supervision, support and assistance to those who have achieved a limited capacity for independent living, but who require frequent supervision, support and assistance.

PHP – Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a level of care that provides clients with access to a safe, structured treatment environment without total disruption of their daily routines. PHP allows your loved one to either live at our residential facilities during treatment, or stay home and commute to treatment every day. It’s a full-time mental health counseling program that requires dedication and commitment to improving one’s health and wellness.

IOP – Intensive Outpatient Program

An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to provide short-term stabilization and resolution of immediate mental health problem areas. It’s designed for clients who are want to continue working and attending to their daily lives but need a degree of supportive treatment. IOP is often used as a transitional step between residential-style mental health therapy programs and living without support. In general, IOP works much like PHP, but is a less rigorous option.

OP - Outpatient Program

Outpatient therapy is defined as any psychotherapy service offered when the client is not admitted to a hospital, residential program, or other inpatient settings. Outpatient therapy is a resource for individuals seeking support for mental health concerns who do not require round-the-clock support or safety monitoring

Agencies and Organiztions

DCF – Department of Children and Family Services

Department of Children and Family Services works in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

AHCA – Agency for Healthcare Administration

The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) is Florida’s primary health care agency. AHCA is responsible for overseeing many of Florida’s health care programs and finding ways to improve health care services for Florida’s 21.9 million residents

JCAHO – Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

“JCAHO” means the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home health care, laboratory and nursing care center services.

BBB – Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a private organization that provides the public with information on businesses and charities. It also handles consumer complaints about firms. The nonprofit bureau has developed a rating system for businesses based on a scale of A+ to F.


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NAATP - National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has stepped up in this uncertain time to address the need for uniform ethics standards across the industry and within its membership, establishing itself as the professional voice of high-quality, ethical care.

Additional Acronyms

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AA – Alcoholics Anonymous

ACC – Accountable Care Community

ACO – Accountable Care Organization

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

AIDS – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine

ASI – Addiction Severity Index

AUDIT – Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test


BAC – Blood Alcohol Content

BASICS – Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students

BNST – Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis

BRAIN – Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies


CADCA – Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

CARA – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

CARPS – Computerized Alcohol-Related Problems Survey

CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CCO – Coordinated Care Organization

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CeA – Central Nucleus of the Amygdala

CIDI –  Composite International Diagnostic Interview

CMCA – Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol

CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CRF – Corticotropin-Releasing Factor

CSA – Controlled Substances Act

CTC – Communities That Care


DEA – Drug Enforcement Administration

DSM-IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition

DSM-5 –  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

DUI – Driving Under the Influence

DS – Dorsal Striatum


EBI – Evidence-Based Interventions

EHR – Electronic Health Record


FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FBT – Family Behavior Therapy

FDA – Food and Drug Administration

FQHC – Federally Qualified Health Center


GABA – Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid


HEDIS – Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set

HHS – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HIV –  Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration


ICCPUD – Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking

IOM – Institute of Medicine, now known as the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine


LGBT – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

LST – Life Skills Training


MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MET – Motivational Enhancement Therapy

MHPAEA – Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

MLDA – Minimum Legal Drinking Age

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging


NA – Narcotics Anonymous

NAc – Nucleus Accumbens

NASPER – National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act

NFP – Nurse-Family Partnership Program

NHTSA – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NIAAA – National Institute on National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIDA – National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIH – National Institutes of Health

NREPP – National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

NSDUH – National Survey on Drug Use and Health


OTP – Opioid Treatment Program


PDMP – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

PET – Positron Emission Tomography

PFC – Prefrontal Cortex

PRISM – Psychiatric Research Interview for Substance and Mental Disorders

PROSPER – PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience

PTSD – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


QALY – Quality-Adjusted Life Year


RHC – Raising Healthy Children

RMC – Recovery Management Check-up

RSS – Recovery Support Services


SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SBI – Screening and Brief Intervention

SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

SFP – Strengthening Families Program

SIM – State Innovation Models

SPA – State Plan Amendment


THC – Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol


USPSTF – U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


VTA – Ventral Tegmental Area