When a person abuses drugs or alcohol for an extended period of time, they run the risk of developing severe symptoms that may not be as easy to shake off. An example of this is when a current or former addict suffers from a substance-induced psychotic disorder, which can persist even after sobriety is achieved. Luckily, Banyan Boca mental health offers treatment for such disorders that can aid our patients in reclaiming their lives from this troubling affliction.
Symptoms of Drug-Induced Psychosis
There are a variety of signs and warnings that a person can exhibit when experiencing a drug-induced psychotic episode or disorder. Whether it is from consistently drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, which in and of itself is a drug, or abusing prescribed or illicit medicines, a person may begin to suffer severe physical and mental consequences. If you find that you or someone you care about is suffering, do not hesitate to call your doctor and get information regarding formal testing and treatment options.
Substance-Induced Psychosis Symptoms can include:
- Noticeable Paranoia: This is a very common warning sign that may serve as an indicator of a substance-induced psychotic disorder. Whether the individual is struggling with delusions of grandeur or a fear that someone is watching them, these symptoms can quickly spiral if not properly addressed.
- Sensory Disturbances: This will usually include the experience of visual or auditory hallucinations or seeing and hearing things that are not there. Some people may even feel sensations of touch on their skin when, in reality, nothing is touching them.
- Mood Changes: This can include bouts of depression or severe anxiety, as well as mania or extreme happiness. These moods may fluctuate, with instances of regular emotions in between.
- Repetitive Actions: This may include pacing back and forth, laughing, crying, outbursts, and other troublesome behaviors. This can also make it difficult for a person to effectively communicate despite a desire to do so.
Causes of Substance-Induced Psychosis
As the name suggests, these symptoms are typically a result of the misuse of intoxicating substances. That being said, there are certain factors that may also play a role in the development of such a disorder.
These can include:
- Family history of severe mental illness
- Stroke or other kinds of traumatic brain injuries
- Memory disorders like Alzheimer's or dementia
- Brain tumors, cysts, and other abnormalities
- Polysubstance use
There are also a variety of substances that can lead to this diagnosis, including:
- MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly)
- Prescription medications
Whether a person understands these very real risks or not, they are still susceptible to the damage of these disorders. That is why Banyan offers sensational residential treatment programs that can comprehensively address a patient’s symptoms.
Psychosis Treatment With Banyan Boca Behavioral Health
As concerning as these disorders are, our Florida mental health rehab has the resources necessary to help these individuals make as substantial of a recovery as possible. We employ a variety of effective therapy methods for mental health conditions and also for addictions. These methods effectively aid mental health treatment and can also break apart the destructive habits of addiction while addressing ways to healthily function moving forward.