Mental Illness Resulting From Opiate Abuse
Contrary to popular belief, addiction is not caused by mental illness. Addiction is, however, a chronic disease that leads an individual to habitually use a substance and can result in substance-induced disorders and psychiatric symptoms.
As drug use becomes more frequent, the body begins to grow physically dependent on the drug in order to function. The frustration and desperation of dependence combined with chemical imbalance can commonly lead to mental illnesses like depression, mild anxiety, hallucinations and paranoia.
When treating opiate addiction, it is therefore imperative to treat not only the medical dependence, but also the psychological effects. The Opiate Treatment Centers of America (OTCOA) has contributed extensive scientific research to the field of opiate addiction and understands the importance of diagnosing dependence early and treating all mental, physical and psychological effects.
Opiate-Induced Mental Disorders Can Include
Confused thinking and reduced awareness of environment
Persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest
Trouble with memory, personality changes and impaired judgment
Loss of memory, inability to create new memories or the loss of the ability to learn new information
Severe high and low mood changes
Abnormal thinking and perceptions, losing touch with reality, delusions and hallucinations
Feelings of tension, worried thoughts, intrusive thoughts and certain physical symptoms like sweating, trembling, dizziness and increased blood pressure
Opiates alter the user’s brain chemistry, causing mood changes and psychological dependence and effects alongside the initial addiction. Within this state, health deteriorates and social functioning becomes increasingly problematic.
Substance-induced disorders are different than independent mental disorders in that most of the psychiatric symptoms are the direct result of substance abuse. That doesn’t mean that these disorders were completely absent before using began, but a specific symptom cluster at a particular time is more likely the result of opiate use, intoxication or withdrawal.
Certain mental illnesses and addiction often go hand-in-hand. The sooner the addiction is recognized, treated and remedied, the sooner these symptoms can be avoided and controlled.
If you have any questions about opiate addiction, contact the professional staff at OTCOA for confidential information. We are here to treat addiction using a modern, scientific approach. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.