Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Induced Psychosis

Alcohol-induced psychosis when someone drinks to the point of losing touch with reality, and it’s a certain sign they need to get help. Alcohol abuse takes a heavy toll on the life of anyone who develops it. While everyone knows about side effects like hangovers, more serious ones can occur. Treatment for alcohol use disorders helps people become sober. In addition, it helps them avoid developing dangerous symptoms such as alcohol-induced psychosis either for the first time or after having gone through it previously. 

What Is Alcoholism?

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) can develop at any age and is present in all populations of people. When someone has an AUD, they are unable to quit drinking on their own. They develop both a physical and psychological reliance on consuming alcohol. It is considered a medical condition and a brain disorder. 

Statistics show that in 2020, about 10% of Americans aged 12 and up have an AUD. Each day, 385 people die as a consequence of alcohol abuse. Binge drinking has become a pastime for many, with about one in four people aged 18 and older reporting that they binge drank in the past 30 days. 

Signs and symptoms that someone has developed alcohol use disorder include:

  • Drinking regularly, including excessive amounts
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
  • Continuing to drink despite a negative impact on work, school, or home life
  • Trying to stop drinking but being unable to do so
  • Frequent hangovers
  • Isolating and drinking alone
  • Developing a tolerance and needing to consume larger amounts of alcohol
  • Physical and psychological side effects, such as alcohol-induced psychosis. 

A doctor, therapist, or staff member of our alcohol rehab in Tampa can provide an accurate diagnosis in order to determine if a person has an alcohol use disorder. From there, a plan for treatment can be created that fits the person’s specific needs. 

What Is Alcohol-Induced Psychosis?

When someone experiences psychosis, certain psychiatric symptoms occur. The most common ones include hallucinating and being delusional. The person loses touch with reality and believes what they see and hear during psychosis to be real. What many people may not realize is that psychosis can be brought on by the abuse of alcohol. Alcohol-induced psychosis is not related to a previous condition that can cause psychosis, such as schizophrenia. 

Someone who experiences an episode of alcohol-induced psychosis even just once runs the risk of having more episodes. They can occur while the person is intoxicated or during the withdrawal process when the person is not drinking. This makes it doubly important that anyone with an AUD who tries to stop drinking does so in a formal treatment program. Medical professionals should be present to treat the individual should they experience psychosis while withdrawing. 

Symptoms of alcohol-induced psychosis include:

  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • Feeling confused or frightened
  • Acting aggressively
  • Being agitated or upset
  • Paranoia
  • Difficulty thinking or communicating
  • Inappropriate behavior, including laughing and crying
  • Not participating in usual activities
  • Lack of personal hygiene

Treatment For Addiction to Alcohol

When someone experiences something as serious as alcohol-induced psychosis, it can serve as a clear sign they need help. Treatment for alcohol addiction starts with going to a detox program. This process allows the alcohol toxins built up during addiction to exit the body. Time in detox lets a person clear their mind and become ready for the next phase of treatment. For many, going to a residential program provides the right next step. This requires them to stay in a facility for 30 days or more.

Another option is using outpatient care. This type of treatment takes place during the day and allows the person to live at home or in a sober living facility at night. Outpatient care proves more flexible, allowing people to still take care of responsibilities in their personal lives while receiving valuable treatment. There are three types of outpatient care available:

Regular Outpatient Program (OP): This is the lowest level of care. It works best for people who have completed residential or higher levels of outpatient care. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): The middle level of care, IOP works well for those who have finished residential care or a partial hospitalization program. Attendance is required a few days per week.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): PHP is the highest level of outpatient care. It requires attendance at sessions five to seven days per week. 

Outpatient care for AUD includes multiple types of therapy designed to help people overcome their addictions. Types of therapy that can positively impact a person’s ability to heal from alcohol use disorders include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Brainspotting
  • Red Light Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment

Get Professional Help For Alcohol Addiction

When someone becomes addicted to alcohol, a lot of dangerous side effects can happen. One of the most serious is alcohol-induced psychosis. Tampa Bay Recovery provides a highly effective treatment program for alcohol addiction. Our skilled, experienced treatment team offers outpatient care for those ready to become sober and leave alcohol abuse in their past. The types of therapy we use help people with substance use disorders learn how to become healthy again.

For more information about our program, please visit our admissions page now. It’s easy to get started on overcoming alcoholism with us.