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Abstinence-Based Recovery

The resolution of alcohol- and other drug-related problems through the strategy of complete and enduring cessation of the non-medical use of alcohol and other drugs. The achievement of this strategy remains the most common definition of recovery in addiction, but the necessity to include it in this glossary signals new conceptualizations of recovery that are pushing the boundaries of this definition (see partial recovery, moderated recovery, and serial recovery).


The point in an individual’s relationship with an organized treatment service when the intake process has been completed and the individual is entitled to receive the services of the treatment program.


The process of being a proponent in helping to remove any obstacles that may present a person from obtaining the necessary services/supports.

Affirmative Business

A plan to promote your ongoing recovery process, once you are discharged from a treatment provider, that may include other treatment services. This is the client’s individual plan for the future, and includes an identification of his or her personal goals and objectives.


A request for a reversal of a denial of authorization for a prescribed or recommended service that was made by an appropriately qualified practitioner.


An interview with an appropriate behavioral health professional, to determine the correct treatment services.

Asset Mapping

Part of asset-based community development referring to the process of identifying opportunities in local communities for people in recovery to take up and occupy valued social roles in educational, vocational, social, recreational, and affiliational (e.g., civic, spiritual) life. Although not a literal “map” (i.e., as in contained on a piece of paper), asset mapping involves developing and utilizing virtual or mental landscapes of community life that highlight resources, assets, and opportunities that already exist in the person's local community.

Asset-Based Community Development

A technology for identifying and charting the pathways and destinations in the local community most likely to be welcoming and supportive of the person's efforts at community inclusion. A first step is the development of local resource maps (see below). A strategy of community preparation is then used to address gaps identified in the resource maps through educational and other community building activities aimed at decreasing stigma and creating a more welcoming environment in partnership with local communities.

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