Schizophrenia in Conjunction with Addiction

Conditions like Schizophrenia often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and other debilitating symptoms to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Schizophrenia Disorder?

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder in which patients have a difficult time discerning what is real and what is imagined, have trouble interacting normally in social situations, cannot think clearly and do not have normal, healthy emotional responses.

Though scientists do not know what causes schizophrenia, it is suspected that there is a genetic risk. It is also known that certain events may trigger the condition and that schizophrenia can also be chemically induced through excessive use of marijuana and/ or methamphetamine.

With the exception of chemically induced psychosis, symptoms usually develop over many months or years. There may be few symptoms present at times, and excessive symptoms at others. People with any type of schizophrenia experience difficulty with interpersonal relationships and normal day-to-day activities like holding down a job. Anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts and ideation are often present.

Some signs of the illness are bizarre behavior, isolation, lack of emotion, sever attention deficit, delusions, loose thought associations and hallucinations.

There are different types of schizophrenia including paranoid schizophrenia which causes anxiety, paranoia and anger; Disorganized Schizophrenia which causes childlike behavior, flat emotional states and problems with thought process or expressing ideas; and, Catatonic Schizophrenia which may include symptoms of ridged muscles or posture, lack of response to others, odd facial expressions and lack of activity.

Undifferentiated Schizophrenia might include symptoms of more than one type of schizophrenia.

Treatment of Schizophrenia in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.