Drug-Induced Psychosis- Risks of Marijuana, Cocaine, and Other Drugs


Written By: Molly Groo

Molly is Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s Case Manager and Vocational Services. She has a Bachelor’s in International Relations, is a Certified Addiction Counselor, and it’s currently working towards her Master’s in Social Work. Molly’s experience allows her to provide expert knowledge about solution-based methods to help people in recovery maintain long-term sobriety.

Published on Mar 9, 2020 | Types of Drug Addictions

The Risks of Drug-Induced Psychosis

drug-induced psychosis

Drug-induced psychosis might seem rare, or only the result of severe, heavy drug use. But the truth is that it can result from many common “party drugs.” Most people experiment with these drugs at some point in their lives.

As a result, they should be aware of the risks. When considering the impacts of drug use, many focus on the physical effects, and for a good reason. Medical conditions, like heart failure, dependence, and overdose, are severe and often fatal. But there are also psychiatric impacts of drug use that can be just as severe. Drug-induced psychosis is one of the most extreme examples.

What is Drug-Induced Psychosis?

Drug-induced psychosis occurs when someone experiences hallucinations, delusions, odd behavior, and a break from reality. Generally, these symptoms can result from drug use, withdrawal, or the combined effect of mental conditions and substance use. Many drugs can cause some form of drug-induced psychosis. Stimulants, like Adderall, can cause this condition. This phenomenon may occur because of how stimulants, such as cocaine or Adderall, impact sleep and thought processes. Both prescription and illegal drugs can also result in psychiatric symptoms.

Substances That Can Result in Psychosis

Several commonly-used substances can cause psychosis. For example, alcohol withdrawal can cause a condition called “delirium tremens.” This condition results in hallucinations, confusion, shakes, fever, and even fatal seizures. Additionally, marijuana can result in mental health issues. Studies have found that people who use marijuana daily are up to three times more likely to experience a psychotic episode.

Additionally, risks increase based on the strength of the marijuana and the age someone starts using. The younger you are when you start, the higher the risk. Data also shows that people who have schizophrenia experience higher rates of marijuana use. It’s unclear whether marijuana increases the risk of psychosis, or whether people with mental health conditions are just more likely to use drugs. However, the bottom line is that there appears to be a link between marijuana and psychosis. The truth is that many drugs may impact an individual’s mental health.

Other substances that may cause psychotic symptoms are:

Addiction Treatment and Drug Rehabilitation

Generally, the first step in treating mental health conditions caused by drug use is detox or hospitalization. To address the symptoms caused by substances, users must be safe, supervised, and also tended to by medical professionals. Following this period, the individual must continue drug treatment. Stopping treatment immediately after symptoms subside means that the individual hasn’t addressed the underlying reasons for drug use. Thus, it may place them at risk for relapse and another episode of mental health issues. These conditions require in-depth, diverse approaches.

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we focus on dual diagnosis treatment. We have structured our program to meet the needs of individuals who struggle with substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. So, if you need comprehensive care for dual diagnoses, give us a call today. We are ready to help you get started on a healthier life. 

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Molly Groo. "Drug-Induced Psychosis- Risks of Marijuana, Cocaine, and Other Drugs." Lighthouse Recovery Institute., Published on Mar 9, 2020, https://lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com/drug-induced-psychosis/.


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