Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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Depression in Women

One in four women experiences depression at some point in time in their life. And women are twice as likely to experience clinical depression than men. Still wondering why the women in your life are crying most of the time, or feeling persistently sad, and has no interest in anything. Here is your answer: she […]

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

Reinventing Mindful Eating: Eating is an inevitable activity of everyday life. There was a time when this activity was carried on with utmost mindfulness, i.e. prayers were offered before beginning the meals, and after ending the meals slokas like Annapoorne Sada Poorne, Shankara Prana Vallabhe, Trayam were recited. Offering supplication (Du’ä) by Islam followers during the meal, […]

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How Addiction can lead to Psychotic Episodes


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.
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