Substance Use Disorder

Substance Induced Psychosis and Young Adults

Substance Induced Psychosis

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.

Clarity Family Consulting

At Clarity Family Consulting, our focus is on holistic treatment for individuals dealing with addiction and substance use disorder. We offer a wide range of services, including: case management, clinical intervention, sober companions, and therapeutic transport. Our goal is to help addicted individuals achieve long-term success in managing their addiction. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one through the difficult trials of addiction.

3 Common Co-Occurring Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders

Substance Use & Mental Health

Many people who suffer from substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety / depression, or PTSD. Often, these co-occurring disorders feed one another. It’s important to identify these disorders when present so that you can create an effective treatment plan. In this article, we are going to talk about a few common co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Substance Use Disorder & PTSD

Substance use disorder and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are commonly linked. Many people with PTSD develop substance use issues. When most people think of PTSD, they picture a military veteran returning from combat. It’s true that PTSD is common in the military (and a serious issue that needs to be better addressed), but PTSD can also impact non-military civilians. A traumatic event such as a car accident or the death of a loved one can lead to PTSD.

Substance Use Disorder & Anxiety / Depression

Anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand with substance use disorder. The two can lead to a vicious cycle, where the individual feels so depressed that they use, and then become even more depressed as a result of the substance use. It’s important that individuals get treatment for both the substance use and any underlying anxiety or depression. The most important thing to remember with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is that there are treatment options available that can help!

Contact Clarity Family Consulting

At Clarity Family Consulting, we work with individuals dealing with substance abuse (as well as their families). Our goal is to help our clients achieve long-term success with their sobriety. We offer a wide range of services, including: clinical intervention, case management, sober companions, and therapeutic transport.  Contact us today to learn more about the services we provide at Clarity Family Consulting and how we can help you or your loved one through this difficult time.