Identifying and Addressing Drug-Induced Psychosis

Willow Place on October 11, 2019
Identifying and Addressing Drug-Induced Psychosis

The effects of using addictive substances are many. But, one of the most frightening symptoms of drug abuse is certainly drug-induced psychosis. In this article, we discuss what this phenomenon is and how people can recognize it. This way, whether you’re a loved one of someone abusing addictive substances or a person struggling with addiction, you know what to do to get help. And, you can take the steps needed in order to establish healing from this symptom of drug abuse.

What is Drug-Induced Psychosis?

Drug-induced psychosis is a symptom of abusing specific psychoactive substances. It can either occur throughout active addiction or as a withdrawal symptom during the detox process. Basically, it’s a state of mind that includes symptoms of:

Paranoia: Drug-induced psychosis comes with disrupted thinking that can lead to delusions. These thought patterns may include rapidly talking, jumping from thought to thought, and the inability to effectively communicate.

Hallucinations: Many patients who experience drug-induced psychosis will also experience audio or visual hallucinations. A hallucination is when you see or hear something is not there. Obviously, this can be terrifying for the person who experiences them and for others who witness a person experiencing hallucinations.

Delusions: This means that a person believes something that’s not true even if there is evidence to prove otherwise. For example, a person with this type of psychosis may have delusions that they’ve met historic persons like past presidents or celebrities.

What Causes Drug-Induced Psychosis?

Identifying and Addressing Drug-Induced PsychosisPatients who are diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis may develop this symptom for a number of reasons. Commonly, it arises due to underlying mental health issues. Or, it can arise as a result of trauma like a brain injury or misuse of prescription medication. Finally, it can also be a symptom of abusing specific addictive substance like:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Inhalants (glue, bleach, gas, etc.)
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, angel dust, DMT, etc.)
  • Sedatives (tranquilizers, ketamine, etc.)
  • Stimulants (cocaine, amphetamines, etc.)

What Does it Take for Diagnosis of Drug-Induced Psychosis?

Psychosis as a result of using addictive substances can be diagnosed by an addiction specialist in treatment. But, there are certain criteria that need meeting first. The criteria used to diagnose this issue in drug addiction patients include:

  • Symptoms occurring right after, during, or in withdrawal from using addictive substances.
  • Symptoms occurring rather abruptly rather than slowly as in psychosis relative to other mental health issues.
  • Patients may be aware of the symptoms of psychosis. With other psychosis issues, patients may not be aware of their experienced psychosis.
  • The effects of drug-induced psychosis wearing off quicker than psychosis caused by mental health issues or medications.

Why People Experiencing This Should Get Help

Treatment can help to prevent drug-induced psychosis from ever happening again. This is because the people who experience this issue only do due to drug abuse. Once a person detoxes and learns ways to remain sober, drug-induced psychosis rarely ever occurs for those affected. It’s important to get treatment for this issue because psychosis often leads to violent actions. Hallucinations and delusions can lead to frightening thoughts and actions. So, before something like this happens, it’s vital to get professional help.

Help for People Experiencing Drug-Induced Psychosis

If you or someone you love is experiencing drug-induced psychosis, help is available at Willow Place for Women.

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