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 […]

Adderall and Alcohol Use: What are the Risks?

Adderall and Alcohol – Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) is a prescription medication that is indicated for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Because Adderall contains potent stimulants that are effective for medical purposes at prescribed doses but can be harmful when abused, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies Adderall as a Schedule II […]

What Are Opiates and Why Are They So Addictive?

What Are Opiates and Why Are They So Addictive? – Opiates are substances derived from alkaloid compounds in the opium poppy plant. Opiates are generally classified as Schedule II drugs by the Drug Enforcement Administration, indicating that while the drugs are considered acceptable for some medical purposes, they also have a very high potential for […]