Drug-induced psychosis is generally caused by taking too much of a particular drug or alcohol. The increased level of toxicity provokes paranoia and a psychotic episode.
Additionally, this occurs when an individual has an adverse reaction from mixing different substances or withdrawing from a drug—also known as toxic psychosis, alcohol-induced psychosis, and drug-induced psychosis.
There are numerous causes, many symptoms, and effective treatment options. Early intervention is critical to prevent permanent damage. It is an all too common problem and misdiagnosed where the underlying substance use addiction is overlooked.
The length of time psychosis lasts depends on medical history, particular substances, and how much was ingested. For example, pain medication-induced psychosis may take up to two weeks to resolve. Psychosis involving amphetamines may persist for weeks, and alcohol-induced psychosis may last for days.
The treatment primarily depends on the specific patient and their unique needs. Generally, ceasing the use of the substance and monitoring the individual in a safe environment is enough to stabilize the person.
However, the underlying substance use addiction must be addressed. While removing the substance from the individual’s system is critical, their addiction requires treatment. This may involve a medically supervised detox with long-term residential rehabilitation and aftercare support in some cases.
Moreover, there should be a focus on repairing physical and mental health through natural environments and holistic methods.
There is a significant benefit of being in a non-stimulative environment healing the mind and body through natural approaches during rehabilitation.
Although it is a frightening experience, it is directly related to substance abuse and addiction. It is critical to find the proper support.
Aftercare helps in developing coping methods. It teaches that maintaining routine, structure, and stability is essential after completing treatment. In addition, it is an opportunity to remain connected with other sober like-minded people.