Cocaine and Xanax: A Dangerous Combination

Cocaine and Xanax are two common drugs of abuse that can be even more dangerous when used in combination with one another. Despite this fact, the practice of combining “uppers” such as cocaine with “downers” such as Xanax is not unusual among people with substance use disorders. The purpose of this article is to describe […]

Impulse Control Disorders and Substance Abuse

Impulse control disorders (ICDs) are psychiatric disorders marked by impulsivity, or the failure to resist temptation, an urge or impulse, or the inability to resist expressing a thought. Features of Impulse Control Disorders Impulse control disorders are characterized by four primary features, which include the following: The propagation of repeated adverse behaviors despite negative consequences […]

What Are Designer Drugs?

What Are Designer Drugs? – Some psychoactive substances are natural, meaning that the plants from which they are derived can be found in nature and do not need human intervention to induce their pleasurable, sought-after effects. These include opium poppies (thebaine, morphine, codeine), coca leaves, psilocybin mushrooms, and marijuana. Other drugs are synthetic, however, which […]

The Link Between Attachment Disorder and Addiction

The Link Between Attachment Disorder and Addiction – Attachment disorders are psychiatric conditions that can develop in young children who have problems with emotional attachments to others. Parents, caregivers, or physicians may recognize symptoms of attachment disorder in a child as early as age one. Often, a parent brings the infant or child to the […]

CPTSD and Substance Abuse

CPTSD and Substance Abuse – Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a more complex form of PTSD that may occur among those who experience repeated trauma. In addition to encountering many of the same symptoms as people with PTSD, those with complex PTSD (CPTSD) may undergo changes in how they react to stress or how […]