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Abusing and misusing illicit drugs and prescription medications often lead to a cascade of adverse side effects. One severe result of this activity is the development of psychosis, an extremely debilitating and bewildering mental issue that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy for the afflicted. When someone experiences a psychotic episode triggered by drug abuse, their speech, behavior, and thinking become so unpredictable and erratic that they could potentially present a danger to others as well as themselves.

Psychosis due to drug abuse usually indicates an underlying chemical dependency, and it also hints toward an underlying mental health issue that is yet to be recognized and managed. A high-end psychosis rehab offers innovative assessments to diagnose the causative factors of your or your loved one’s psychotic episode and customize a treatment program to prevent it in the future while providing relief from any concurrent behavioral health issues if any.

Out of the hundreds of illicit and prescription drugs, the ones most commonly associated with psychotic episodes include the following:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Psychedelic drugs such as LSD
  • Club drugs such as MDMA and ecstasy

The symptoms of psychosis may vary depending on which drug you consume and its quantity. Heavier and excessive drug use has been linked with prolonged and more severe symptoms.

Drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, and hallucinogens also trigger symptoms of psychosis while worsening an existing mental illness. Cannabis, in particular, can also lead to schizophrenia-like psychotic symptoms, including delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, and anxiety, making it difficult to differentiate it from drug-induced psychosis.

Drug-induced psychosis is sometimes associated with the use of prescription medication. This is particularly common in cases where individuals are not taking the medication in the recommended dose or using it beyond the advised period of time. Common prescription drugs capable of kicking in psychotic symptoms, such as disorganized thinking and delusions, include ketamine, cephalosporins, etc.

The first step in the management of drug-induced psychosis is establishing treatment needs. This can be done by understanding how psychosis and drug misuse are intertwined and which one predates the other. If psychosis occurs first, followed by the pattern of drug abuse, the treatment protocols focus on managing the combination of a psychotic episode and acute intoxication. In addition, it plans to institute a longer-term strategy incorporating psychiatric medications and behavioral therapeutic interventions to manage all underlying mental health issues.

On the contrary, if drug abuse occurs first, followed by psychosis as a byproduct of the former, treatment focuses on managing the acute psychotic symptoms with the help of anxiolytics and antipsychotic medication. In some cases, a safe and quiet place is all an afflicted person needs to recover. Once the symptoms subside, standard addiction treatment therapy can begin.

Most drug induced psychosis treatment centers are well-equipped with highly-qualified clinical teams specializing in integrated treatment that focuses on addressing the acute symptoms and long-term addiction at the same time.

Co-occurring disorders, if any, are treated through a comprehensive program that incorporates:

  • Skills training
  • Support groups
  • Therapy for addiction
  • Educational sessions on mental health and drug misuse

Different types of addiction treatment programs are also available for such patients depending on their individual needs. These include:

  • Medical detox:  that provides an opportunity to cleanse the body from drugs under the supervision of medical professionals in a safe environment
  • Inpatient addiction treatment: that offers on-campus accommodation to clients to live in and recover in a supportive environment
  • Outpatient addiction treatment: that offers patients with scheduled therapy sessions of varying intensities while they continue with their daily responsibilities of life
  • Sober living houses: that provide a structured community to support recovery and sobriety

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