A new trend is to be seen in the drug use profile over the last few years, with a fall in heroin use and a rise in that of cocaine. However, a new use has appeared, simultaneously taking heroin and cocaine, known as a speedball. Clinically, there are clear similarities between speedball users and heroin users and both differ from those taking cocaine. This study endeavours to ascertain if the emotional response is also influenced by the kind of substance used and if said emotional response in those taking speedball is more similar to that of cocaine users or that of heroin users. We studied 75 subjects (34 using cocaine, 11 heroin and 30 speedball), using the Instrumento Clínico de Evaluación de la Respuesta Emocional (ICERE), which is based on the emotional response model by Peter J. Lang. The ICERE comprises 25 images selected from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) and the response was measured using the Self Assessment Maniky (SAM). The results show that differences exist in the response of drug dependent individuals to emotional stimuli in respect of their preferred substance use, no differences exist between speedball and heroin users, and differences do exist between both these groups and cocaine users.
|Translated title of the contribution||Emotional profile of "speed-ball" abusers white regard to heroin and cocaine abusers|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- Drug dependency
- Lang, P.