Alcohol-related psychosis, also known as alcohol hallucinosis, is a mental condition characterized by delusions and/or hallucinations that occur during or immediately after intoxication or are experienced as symptoms of withdrawal. The hallucinations typically end upon the cessation of intoxication or withdrawal.
While alcohol-related psychosis is considered a rare condition, believed to affect only about 3% of chronic alcohol users, it is extremely serious and can even be life-threatening in the absence of proper medical care. Competent medical treatment is considered essential for the management of alcohol-related psychosis and psychiatric care or hospitalization may be required depending on the severity of the symptoms experienced. Prescription sedatives and anti-psychosis medications may be used in the treatment of alcohol-related psychosis.
Alcohol-related psychosis is often associated with chronic alcoholism and, indeed, people with an alcohol use disorder may be at a higher risk of experiencing alcohol-related psychosis. If you are growing concerned about your drinking or the drinking of a loved one, you should speak to a certified addiction specialist at the earliest opportunity. Substance addiction is a progressive disease and it will get worse if left untreated.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help those struggling with any stage of addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is a good fit for you.