Meth Induced Psychosis Symptoms
Like any withdrawal symptoms, severity may vary from individual to individual. Generally, meth induced psychosis symptoms may include:
- Hallucinations (auditory, visual, olfactory, tactile, or gustatory)
- Delusions (grandeur, persecution, reference, somatic)
- Obsessive behavior
Hallucinations may occur at any of the five senses. The individual may hear sounds that are not really there, such as voices, noises of people moving around, or static. They may experience visual hallucinations, seeing movement from still objects or seeing things that are simply not present. The person may smell an extremely unpleasant smell wherever they go. They may feel things on the skin that aren’t there, causing the itching and scratching often seen in long-term meth abusers. They may also believe their food to taste strange.
Delusions can arise in a number of different ways. One of the most common delusions is that of persecution, or believing that others are out to harm them. Delusions of grandeur are also common, which is when the user believes they are special in some way or chosen. Delusion may also arise as the belief that random events are connected or important to the individual, as the belief that they are under someone else’s control, or that their body is changing in some way.
The combination of delusions and hallucinations can lead to aggressive and violent behavior. This may manifest in fits of rage, unexplained anger, and/or misdirected fury.
Obsessive behavior is common among meth users, especially those experiencing psychosis. Those experiencing meth psychosis may compulsively clean, repeat a behavior such as tapping or twitching, or take things apart and put them back together.
Paranoia is a common effect of meth-induced psychosis. Paranoia is described as intense irrational fear experienced by the individual that someone is after them, watching them, following them, or out to do them harm.
Aggressive behavior, including acute violent outbursts and agitation.
METH PSYCHOSIS TREATMENT
There are many drugs used to treat meth-induced psychosis. Some drugs may help ease the person down from psychosis, while others can reduce cravings. In the long term, meth addicts benefit from psychotherapy and appropriate addiction treatment. Drugs used to treat ice psychosis may include antidepressants, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and stimulants.
People experiencing psychosis need proper medical attention. Without care, meth induced psychosis can result in a lot of harm being caused. With professional care, those experiencing psychotic symptoms can recover and live a healthy life. Although symptoms of meth abuse may last for some time, a team of clinicians and professionals can help the individual to regain control over their lives.
Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction
Obtaining professional treatment for a meth addiction or dependency is imperative in reducing the incidence of meth psychosis. By the individual receiving psychosocial treatment, especially cognitive therapies, as well as continuing care services to prevent the risk of relapse, the individual increases their ability to overcome the meth addiction and avoid meth psychosis.
Meth recovery begins with a medical detox during which the individual will cycle through several days of withdrawal symptoms as the body rids itself of the drug and attempts to stabilize. Meth withdrawal symptoms include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Increased appetite
- Dry mouth, jitteriness
- Drug cravings
- Mental confusion
- Psychoses, including hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia
The next phase of methamphetamine recovery is the addiction treatment phase. Most individuals with a meth addiction will require a residential rehab program for a minimum of 60 days. The program will provide 24-hour support and monitoring while offering a multi-dimensional course of therapeutic activities. Each individual will receive an individualized treatment plan that will be aligned with his or her own specific substance use disorder. This provides a more targeted approach to treating the unique features of each substance of abuse.
Treatment for methamphetamine addiction with include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is intrinsic to helping individuals overcome habitual behavior patterns that are in response to disordered thoughts. CBT helps individuals identify the irrational or negative self-messaging and then to replace this with positive, constructive thoughts that lead to healthy behaviors.
- Group therapy. Peer-based therapy is a core element in addiction recovery. The small groups provide an opportunity for the members of the group to interact directly with each other, discussing personal experiences and offering each other support.
- Medication management. Depending on the severity of the methamphetamine addiction and whether there was meth-induced psychosis present, the individual may be placed on certain psychotropic medications. These may include benzodiazepines or anti-psychotic drugs.
- Addiction education. These classes teach the individual in recovery coping skills for avoiding triggers and relapse in order to reinforce total abstinence.
- Holistic practices. Part of the process of restoring psychological and physical health after a methamphetamine addiction is learning how to regulate stress. Rehabs now include activities, such as yoga, mindfulness training, art therapy, and equine therapy, to help teach individuals how to promote relaxation and avoid stress.
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