My Dad and Dementia

Hello, everyone! Am Naaz (name changed), working as a writer in a reputed company. All am going to share is a few words about my lovely dad’s dementia. Like every other kid in this world, I too grew up by seeing my dad as a hero. His biggest plus is being nice to everyone without […]

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MORE THAN JUST A DISEASE RELAP...

Relapse can always bring a full stop to a refreshed curing therapy. What causes this to happen? As cited below through a few examples, are negative emotional states, physical discomfort, positive emotional states, conflicts with others etc.etc. Most important to remember is that relapse doesn’t mean that the treatment process is a failure or the […]

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ECT- A prompt and effective cu...

It’s a pity that even over 70 years after the first successful demonstration of its efficacy in the treatment of acute mental illnesses like schizophrenia, there is still very little informed public opinion about Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Although, it is a fact that ECT is one of the most effective method for treating severe […]

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Yoga and beating alcoholism

Alcoholism is the dependency on alcohol that has a physiological and psychological impact on a person’s life. According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average […]

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Beating Addiction Stigma and S...

Recent Post How to find the best psychiatric hospital in Bangalore? It also provides the facility for family members to stay along with the patient; who gives them a better understanding of the…….. Is Manic Depression Genetic/ Hereditary? A chemical known as serotonin in the brain, has strong affects on an individual’s mood. The abnormalities […]

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How Addiction can lead to Psychotic Episodes

Addiction

Addiction is dependence on a particular substance or activity. Whereas psychosis is a loss of contact with reality and an inability to think rationally, when this occurs, it is called as a psychotic episode. Psychosis is a medical term used to describe a family of serious mental illnesses.

Psychosis appears in the person in late teens or early 20s.  Women are more effected at a later age than men.  An individual experience psychotic episode due to continued use of a substance, particularly during stressful situations which leads to addiction. Know the symptoms of psychotic episodes caused by addiction to get the right treatment. Here they are –

Symptoms of Psychotic Episode

 

 

  • Difficulty expressing feelings
  • Delusions (a belief based on false or incomplete information)
  • Hallucinations (seeing things which are really aren’t there)
  • Lack of motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Disorganized speech
  • Violent behavior
  • Difficulty generating thoughts
  • Mood changes
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep disturbance

 

 

Addiction increases the risk of getting Psychotic Episodes

Addiction towards a substance with heavy or long term use can cause utterance in the absorption and release of brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Biological as well as genetic factors can be a cause of psychosis.

Drugs that can cause psychosis are:

 

  • Amphetamines and cocaine: Long-term use can contribute to loss of memory and problems associated with concentration
  • Hallucinogens: A drug that causes hallucinations, and changes in thoughts, emotion, and consciousness.
  • Alcohol: Form of liquid which makes the person drunk, if consumed in large quantity can lead to psychosis.
  • Weed: It reaches the brain cells within 10 minutes after the intake and reaches hippocampus, the part that is responsible for creating new memories. It induces hallucinations, changes the thoughts from reality and resulting in psychosis.

 

Treatment for Addiction with Psychotic Episodes

Treatment for addiction with psychosis involves a combination of therapies and medications. Most of the people will experience an abrupt improvement in their symptoms with the help of treatments. Here are few treatments to treat addiction with psychosis behavior-

  • Psychosocial intervention (counseling)- Regular counseling sessions with the clinical psychologist will help in changing the negative thoughts or patterns and change it in a positive way. Psychosocial interventions also include therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy to change the thinking behaviors.
  • Antipsychotic medications- The symptoms of drug-induced psychosis can be controlled with the use of antipsychotics medications. These type of medications will reduce the delusions and hallucinations thus helping people think more clearly.
  • Psycho-education- This kind of treatment often helps in giving a better understanding and awareness of the addiction problems and is an important aspect of all the therapy programs. Psychoeducation is usually provided by a therapist or a psychiatrists.

If you or someone you know is encountering with psychotic episodes with their addiction behaviors, it is advisable you assist them in going through a counseling session with an addiction counselor or a de-addiction specialist.
Visit www.cadabams.org/anunitha for more details about the treatment facilities to help your loved one come out of addiction issues. You can also feel free to call us @+91 96111 94949 to consult with our best counselors who can guide you for the best treatment programs.

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