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Addiction:  A chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. Brain-imaging studies from drug-addicted individuals show physical changes in areas that are critical for judgment, decision-making, learning and memory and behavior control. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.  See also dependence.  Read more: The Science of Addiction  Note: The disease model of addiction has widespread support among medical professionals, but it also has been challenged. Read alternative views by Lance M. Dodes, MD and Stanton Peele, PhD.

Assessment: A comprehensive assessment provides information about the extent and severity of the substance abuse problem, mental health issues and other problems (e.g., legal). The assessor should be a qualified professional trained in addiction. Read more: Screening, assessment, and readiness for treatment

Dependence: A condition that can occur with regular alcohol or drug use (legal or illegal), in which the body adapts to the drug, requiring more to achieve a certain effect (tolerance), and results in withdrawal when the drug is discontinued. (NIDA) See also addiction.

Detoxification:  The process of clearing alcohol or drugs from the body. The amount of time required to detox depends on the substances involved. Detox may be done in an inpatient or outpatient setting to manage withdrawal symptoms. Detox alone is seldom effective. To prevent relapse, detox should be immediately followed by a comprehensive assessment and referral to appropriate treatment.

Drug take-back: Contribute to a safe community and clean environment- don't flush your meds! Bring unused/expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to the permanent drug drop at the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, 600 US Hwy 301 West, Bradenton. No questions asked. Open 24/7.  Note:  Remove pills from containers and place in a zip lock bag. Liquids and needles are not accepted. For more information, call the Sherriff's Office on 941-747-3011, ext. 2278. Find additional locations. Can't get to a drug drop? Learn how to dispose of unused meds.

Intervention:  A process in which loved ones get an addict/alcoholic to accept treatment. Families may conduct interventions themselves or seek professional help.  See also Marchman Act.  Read more

Marchman Act:  Enables families to get help for a loved one who is unwilling to seek substance abuse services voluntarily. This can be done by filing a petition at the County Clerk of Court or calling 911 for law enforcement. It can also be arranged through a treatment facility. Read more

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS):  A group of problems that occur in a newborn who was prenatally exposed to addictive drugs. Symptoms vary, but may include excessive crying, trembling and seizures. Read more: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Data Summary 2015   Rising Number of Babies Born Addicted to Prescription Drugs in Florida. Watch: Born Addicted  

Pill mills:  May have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Offer no medical solutions other than pills; minimal medical supplies.
  • Cash-only operation; do not take insurance.
  • Long lines; people loitering on the sidewalks.
  • Parking lot crowded with cars from out-of-state; occupants often asleep in cars as they wait for the clinic to open.
  • Security guard, security cameras, and possibly a guard dog.

To report a pill mill: call the Sheriff's Office, 747-3011, Ext 2560, Special Investigative Unit - callers may remain anonymous; call the DEA's toll-free, 24-hour pill mill tip line: 888-954-4662; or email Florida.Pill.Mill.Tips@USDOJ.GOV

Substance-exposed newborn: A baby exposed prenatally to alcohol, prescriptions or other drugs. See also fetal alcohol syndrome and neonatal abstinence syndrome.


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