Drug induced psychosis is a serious side effect of prolonged drug abuse. It can be one of the most harmful and long-lasting affects that drug abuse can have on an addict’s mind. Some drugs are more likely to induce psychosis. Opiates are one of the most common drugs associated with drug induced psychosis or schizophrenia.
If you are concerned you may have opiate psychosis or that you may experience severe opiate withdrawals, we urge you to visit an accredited dual diagnosis treatment center in your area.
What is Opiate Psychosis?
Opiate psychosis is a side effect of opiate abuse characterized by sudden break from reality or a mind shattering moment.
Usually, opiate psychosis indicates that there is a larger issue at play. Most addicts that experience a psychotic episode are already predisposed to mental illness. The most common mental illnesses associate with opiate psychosis are bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
How Often Does Opiate Psychosis Occur?
A study published in Psychiatric Times proposed that 74% of people who experience a psychotic episode had a lifetime history of a substance use disorder, and 62% were currently abusing substances at the time of the study. A clear indication of the connection between substance abuse and psychosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Psychosis
- Hearing external voices that have no origin.
- Seeing shadows or people that are not there.
- Feeling sensations that are not occurring.
- Smelling odors that cannot be confirmed by others.
- Believing that someone is in love with them, usually someone they have never met.
- Believing that you are special, or intended for something of great importance. A person experiencing opiate psychosis believes they have a special ability.
- The belief that someone close to them is cheating on them or no longer cares for them.
- The belief that someone who has power over them is out to harm them in some way.
- Belief of some health problem that they have while experiencing no symptoms.
How Long Does Opiate Psychosis Last?
This depends. Acute paranoia may be gone within 90 days, however long-term psychosis can last for up to 3 years.
How to Treat Opiate Psychosis
Opiate psychosis is best treated with regular therapy and medication. The sad fact is that people suffering from dual diagnosis are more likely to take their own lives. It’s difficult to battle an enemy on two fronts.
With the right treatment, people can get better.
Consider Neuropsychological Assessment as well. We encourage all our patients to explore all options and contact us for more info if needed.