Pharmacotherapy of drug abusers: adjunctive psychopharmacologic management of nonopiate mixed substance abusers in an outpatient setting

Int J Addict. 1978 Apr;13(3):383-93. doi: 10.3109/10826087809045255.


Conventional practice in treating nonopiate mixed substance abusers have avoided the use of pharmaceuticals because of the strong drug orientation of this patient population. The author's impressions are that this is a maladaptive treatment polarization, and that psychopharmacotherapy of this group of patients is not only sometimes useful but necessary for some individuals. Diagnostic syndromata and problems specific to this patient population are delineated along with our experience in pharmacotherapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms / complications
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Neurologic Manifestations
  • Psychotic Disorders / complications
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use*
  • Sleep / drug effects
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / etiology


  • Psychotropic Drugs