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Here’s How You Can Tell If Someone’s Experiencing Drug-Induced Psychosis


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When it comes to drug use, there are a variety of side effects that may be experienced, depending on the substance. For example, alcohol often comes along with slurred speech, drowsiness, vomiting, headaches and more, while cocaine may produce feelings of increased energy, elevated mood, feelings of restlessness, panic and more. What if you or a loved one has taken substances but are experiencing delusions (believing that something is going on when there isn’t anything to be concerned of) or hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that aren’t really there)?

In general, psychosis is defined by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as “a break from reality”. This type of episode is often found in disorders such as schizophrenia; however, it is possible for a person to experience what is called a drug (or substance) induced psychosis. A drug-induced psychosis can occur simply because too much of a drug was taken, as a result of mixing several drugs, during withdrawal from a drug, or if a person has underlying mental health concerns. If you’ve taken medication along with a drug, the following are just a few medications that may produce psychosis reactions:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Chemotherapy agents
  • Analgesics
  • Anticonvulsants

Psychosis may occur with drugs like LSD, magic mushrooms, cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, excessive use of cannabis and alcohol abuse. If you or a friend are experiencing symptoms of psychosis, what should you do?

When psychosis is drug-induced, the effects typically wear off after once use is stopped. However, if symptoms persist and the individual feels a threat to themselves or those around them, 911 is necessary. There are several treatment possibilities that can be determined once you have been officially diagnosed; options most likely will include medication and residential or outpatient treatment. If you’ve been struggling with substance abuse, don’t wait any longer to seek help. Call and speak to a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.

References

https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/drug-induced-psychotic-symptoms/