A ccording to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Substance abuse is defined as any use of an illicit intoxicant, any use of prescription medication outside the direction of a doctor, or excessive use of legal substances such as alcohol.
Typically, when an individual experiences psychosis, it is linked to two mental health conditions, bipolar disorder and or schizophrenia. However, substance-induced psychosis is commonly linked to alcohol and drugs like PCP, LSD, Ecstasy, Mushrooms etc. It may present itself at the time of substance use withdrawal. Individuals may put themselves at a higher risk of substanceinduced psychosis if they use drugs and alcohol with one of these mental health conditions.
Substanceinduced psychosis occurs when an individual experiences delusion such as, altered state of mind, distorted thoughts and beliefs, leading to a misrepresentation of reality and false accounts. It may also result in paranoia and hallucinations such as, auditory hallucination, olfactory hallucination, tactile hallucination, or visual hallucination.
Substance-induced psychosis has also been linked to the cause of onset schizophrenia, in individuals who are genetically vulnerable. Three out of 100 individuals will experience a psychotic episode at least once in their lifetime, according to the National alliance on mental health. One-Eighty assist patients with medical withdrawal and stabilization, while also working closely with mental health authorities to provide the best care for our patients. One- Eighty has the ability to refer patients to addiction treatment centers that also provide primary mental health services, based on patient needs.
DEANN MCKINNEY is the Service Coordinator for One-Eighty. You may reach her at 830-769-4567 or at deann. firstname.lastname@example.org.