Definitions of Words and Phrases

ADP: Alcohol and Drug Partnership

Postcode area, town or region: this indicates the geographic coverage of a service.

Type of service: the sector in which the service is based, ie private, statutory, voluntary.

Referrals from: the people or organisations from whom/which services will accept clients ie clients themselves, courts, GPs etc.

Who can attend?: details of age ranges, genders and family categories accepted by services.

Service access: details of opening times including out-of-hour services, where applicable; appointment systems; availability of home visits and disabled access.

Counselling: details of opening times including out-of-hour services, where applicable; appointment systems; availability of home visits and disabled access.

Detox/Abstinence: detoxification is the complete removal of a drug from the system. This normally involves the provision of substitute medication on a reducing dose with the end point being abstinence from the drug. This can either occur in a residential/in-patient setting or in the community.

Outreach: services set up away from their main base and where clients would normally spend time, such as on the street, in clinics, at court, or in their homes/where they are living.

Rehabilitation services: services which enable/support the process of overcoming drug dependency.

Aftercare: support for the client when they leave the service e.g. housing, employment, health care and relapse prevention

Structured day programmes: set series of activities for a fixed period

Throughcare/transitional care: programme of support for people moving from one stage of treatment to another, normally prior to or after leaving prison.

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Residential treatment programmes:
  • eclectic/integrated: services which do not adhere to any one programme but use a range of different methods and interventions according to needs of individual client
  • 12-step (incl MM): Minnesota Mode of treatment, familiar through Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Religious philosophy: services offered by organisations which use approaches wholly or partially based on religious philosophy although in some, clients may not be required to share that faith
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT)/social learning: services that use psychological treatments
  • Therapeutic community: services in which staff and clients participate as members of a social and learning community.
Substances Treated/Targeted:
  • Heroin: street names - smack or H
  • Amphetamine: street names - speed, whizz, sulph, crystal, base, paste
  • Methamphetamine: street names - meth, crystal meth, ice
  • Cannabis: street names - dope, hash, pot, grass, skunk, weed, maryjane
  • Cocaine/cocaine freebase: street names - coke, Charlie, China White, Chico, Snow, nose candy/crack, rock, freebase, base
  • Benzodiazepines including Temazepam, Diazepam, Rohypnol, Mogadon: street names - jellies, eggs, vallies, roofies, moggies.
Other Drugs:
  • Gammahydroxybutyrate: street name GHB, GBH
  • Ketamine: street name K, Special K
Solvents/Volatile Substances:
  • Including gas lighter fuel/aerosol propellants, glue, paint stripper, dry cleaning fluid

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