Psychosis is defined as breaking from reality. When a person has an episode of psychosis, they may experience hallucinations, delusions, and hold false beliefs despite clear evidence to the contrary. Substance abuse can lead to episodes of psychosis, especially in young adults. In this article, we are going to talk about substance induced psychosis – what exactly it is and how it can be treated effectively.
What is Substance Induced Psychosis?
Substance induced psychosis is simply an episode of psychosis that is caused by the consumption of substances. This can include:
Taking too much of a prescription or illicit drug
Having withdrawal symptoms from a drug or alcohol
Mixing different substances
The likelihood of substance induced psychosis varies greatly based on the individual and the specific substance (or substances) being used. Individuals dealing with a co-occurring mental illness may be at an increased risk of substance induced psychosis.
Regardless of the cause, substance induced psychosis should be treated as soon as possible by a medical professional.
Treating Substance Induced Psychosis
Psychosis is not a condition in and of itself – it’s a symptom of an underlying issue. As a result, it’s important to first identify what’s causing the psychosis. Is it the result of an alcohol abuse problem? Withdrawal symptoms? A bad mix of anti-depressants? This will be the first step in treatment. Once a medical professional identifies the cause, you can work together to develop a treatment strategy that fits your needs.
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