Our Sober Living Program for Women In The Denver Area


The path to sobriety is a long and arduous one, but one with an immeasurable upside. If you are in recovery or on the path to becoming sober, you may have noticed a lot of strange words and acronyms being thrown around.

From treatment centers and rehab facilities, to sober living homes and even your insurance company, we’re here to shed some light on what these terms mean.

12-Step Program 

A free peer-based recovery assistance and support program. Widely considered to be the gold standard of recovery programs, the 12-step program is the oldest and most successful of its kind.


Alcoholics Anonymous. A 12-step program for those struggling with addition to alcohol


In the context of addiction, abstinence is a total refrain from the use of substances.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. A cognitive-behavioral approach to treating addiction, based on the concepts of Acceptance, Mindfulness and personal values.

Acute Care –

Typically short-term, immediate care provided by medical professionals lasting up to a month in duration. Form many patients in rehab, acute care is the first stage of medical intervention.

Addiction Counselor

Usually non-medically credentialed, an addiction counselor (also known as substance abuse counselors) provide various levels of support and care in an addiction treatment setting.


Post treatment or post rehab recommendations for ongoing care


A 12-step support program for friends, families and loved ones of alcoholics. Attendees of the program share stories, anecdotes and establish a support network to help each other cope with the trauma and struggles of having a loved one in the throws of addiction.

Alternative Treatment

Treatments that deviate from the clinical norm of Western medicine. Eastern Medicine such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation and more are all forms of alternative medicine.


A process of evaluating if clinical intervention is necessary and to what extent or degree.

Behavioral Addictions

A type of addiction not to a substance, but rather a behavior or compulsive action that is harmful or results in negative consequences, despite providing a ‘natural reward’. A common example would be a gambling or sex addiction.

Behavioral Health

A sub-field of medicine concerned with mental health issues and disorders

Biological Model of Addiction

A theory of addiciotn that focuses on biological and genetic potential for a pre-determined risk or affinity for developing an addiction (i.e. ‘runs in the family’).


Bump Up

A term used to describe a move to a more intensive or involved level of care


Cocaine Anonymous. A 12-step program for those struggling with cocaine addiction


A nationally recognized third-party agency that accredits substance abuse treatment facilities

Case Management

A collaborative approach to recovery, including care coordination, assessment, periodic evaluation, planning and advocacy for services and options to assist with disease management. Case management may involve connecting various service providers and members of a patients support network together to work synergistically towards the common goal of establishing and maintaining sobriety.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. A psycho-social form of therapeutically intervention, with a focus on challenging and altering cognitive behavior, controlling emotions, and developing personalized coping mechanisms.


A strong psychological and/or emotional reliance on another individual. Often a close friend or significant other.

Cold Turkey

A term used to describe the sudden and complete cessation of an addictive substance.

Compulsive Behaviors

Referring to a behavior that is often done absent of conscious though or planning, sometimes repetitively or persistently, even in the absence of pleasure or reward, and often to the detriment of the individual.

Contingency Management

A method utilizing motivational incentives (i.e. carrot and the stick) to condition the shaping of positive behaviors .

Co-occurring Disorders

Used to describe two or more disorders present at the same time. This includes both mental health disorders as well as substance abuse.


Typically expressed as a percent or flat rate, this is the fee owed by the patient seeking medical assistance or treatment. For example, if insurance covers 80% with a 20% co-pay, the patient seeking behavioral health or medical care would owe 20% of the bill.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy. An evidence-based psychotherapy aimed at treating borderline personality disorder, self-harm, substance abuse, suicidal ideation and mood disorders.


State ‘Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’. An agency tasked primarily with evaluating, granting and renewing behavioral health and treatment center licenses.

Dual Diagnosis

The diagnosis of multiple mental health and/or substance abuse issues concurrently present. Also sometimes referred to as ‘co-occurring disorder’.


Employee Assistance Professional. This individual acts as an advocate on behalf of an employee, assisting with qualifying them for and obtaining substance abuse and behavioral health services offered through an employer health plan.



Directly or indirectly contributing to negative or self-destructive behaviors of an addict.

Evidence Based Treatment

A treatment program or approach that is backed by clinical research and based in science/medicine.

Extended Care

Sometimes required or advisable after residential rehab, extended care is similar to a ‘halfway house’, combining the features of a recovery home with day programs for patients.

Halfway House

As the name suggests, a halfway house offers care provided by professionals (in contrast to recovery houses), but less intense care than that found in a residential rehab program.

Holistic Treatment

A treatment program or approach that takes into consideration a person’s whole being, including the body, mind, and spirit.

In Network Provider

Insurance companies partner with clinics, hospitals and treatment centers to set defined terms for fees and reimbursement. These ‘partnerships’ represent that insurance company’s ‘network’. An in-network provider is one that has such a relationship with your insurance company, and as such, generally results in less ‘out of pocket’ expenses and better overall coverage.

The Joint Commission

Is an independent third-party agency that provides accreditation for physical and behavioral health organizations.


Medication Assisted Treatment, combining cognitive and/or behavioral therapy with medication to assist in achieving optimal results.


Moral Recantation Therapy. A specialized cognitive behavioral treatment designed to alter the thought process and behavior of criminals/offenders.


Narcotics Anonymous. A 12-step program designed to support the rehabilitation and recovery of those addicted to narcotics or other drugs.


A 12-step support program for loved ones of those who are addicted to narcotics or other drugs.


A breakthrough medication administered in an effort to revive someone who has overdosed

Out of network provider

A treatment center, hospital, clinic or facility that does not have an ongoing relationship with the patient’s insurance company. Typically, out of network providers are either not covered or covered to a lesser degree by the patient’s insurance company. Always consult your insurance to better understand any potential out of pocket expenses that may be associated with using an ‘out of network’ provider.


Patient Care Coordinator. This individual is responsible for assisting with both clinical and non-clinical patient care, especially early on in the recovery process.


Also known as ‘partial’ or ‘day treatment’, a partial hospitalization program offers full-day treatment reminiscent of ‘in patient’ care, the difference being that the patient gets to go home (or to a sober living home) at the end of the day.



Sometimes abbreviated as ‘pre-cert’, precertification is a type of authorization required by some insurance companies prior to the admission of a patient into treatment. Failure to obtain precertification may result in significant out of pocket expense.

Promissory Note

‘Prom Note’ for short, this is a legally binding agreement between the treatment facility and the patient, under which the patient agrees to pay for any fees not covered by insurance out of their own pocket. In short, the patient declares that they are personally responsible for any costs incurred.

Public Provider

A type of treatment facility that accepts public aid, such as Medicaid and county funded health policies.


An ongoing process of recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Representative of a significant change in behavior, though and attitude, as well as abstention from substance abuse.

Recovery House

A privately owned and operated home, offering a structured recovery environment. Typically more stringent than a sober living house.


Defined as the return to addictive behaviors such as using substances again.

Sober Living Facility

A private residential establishment that provides ongoing support for those in recovery, offering a home environment designed to aid in maintaining a sober lifestyle.


A term used to describe a patient being downgraded to a less involved level of treatment or care.


Used in MAT (medication assisted treatment), Suboxone is a drug therapy that is used to treat opioid addiction. As a partial ‘agonist’ of the opioid receptor, this drug blocks much of the effect opioids have on the body and mind.


Acronyms used as short-hand for ‘Urine Drug Screen’ or ‘Urine Test’.


Step one in obtaining insurance coverage for a patient’s proposed treatment plan, verification provides the patient with confirmation of what is (or is not) covered under the terms of their insurance policy.


Another drug used in medicine assistant treatment programs for those afflicted with opioid and alcohol addiction.



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