• Drugs and Dissociation

    Dissociation can be experienced as a result of drug and/or alcohol use.

    Dissociative experiences can happen during active intoxication and/or during withdrawal from certain prescription, over the counter, and recreational substances.

    Dissociative There are a variety of substances that can cause dissociative states during active use/intoxication. These include:

    • Alcohol
    • Barbiturates (pentobarbital, Secobarbital)
    • Benzodiazepines (Ativan, Xanax, Lorazepam)
    • Beta blockers (Atenolol, Propranolol)
    • DXM (found in cough suppressants)
    • Ketamine
    • Marijuana
    • PCP
    • Scopolamine (anti-nausea drug)

    These symptoms go away after the drug has completely washed out of a person’s system.

    For most people, even serious drug abuse/addiction will not cause a dissociative disorder, although, there is some evidence suggesting that long-term alcoholism or cocaine addiction may cause chronic dissociative symptoms.