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Women And Psychosis: An Under-discussed Part Of Crystal Meth Addiction

We think of them as the few and far between. If we were to think of a woman, addicted to drugs and alcohol, who has developed psychosis, we might first imagine someone homeless, at the least, down on her socioeconomic luck. She might appear dirty, out of shape, and clearly ‘disturbed’. Such a woman lives for nothing, we imagine. She’s lost her life entirely, including her mind. We see her as misfortunate, an outcast of society, a woman who has forgotten what being a “woman” really means. She’s “crazy”, we might label her. “Too far gone” and “hopeless”. There are, unfortunately, women who have spent so much of their life abusing hard drugs that they have put themselves into a state of severe psychosis from which they cannot return. Many of them are homeless or live on very little money, and they are not capable of taking care of themselves in a way they truly need. However, addiction does not discriminate and it does not lead to the same path for every woman who comes upon it. Women who develop psychosis in addiction may be “well-off” financially, hold significant public status, have children, have a home, and have everything in the world an “addict” should not have. What they do also have is a severe addiction to mind-altering drugs that is impacting and threatening their lives.

Fergie, a singer famous for her solo pop-albums and her work with the pop band Black Eyed Peas, as well as other music endeavors, has openly spoken about her long term addiction to crystal meth. Crystal meth, a synthetic methamphetamine, is a severe stimulant drug which causes a rapid high as well as a quick addiction. Made with what can be described as “everything under the kitchen sink” the unpredictable volatility of crystal meth causes severe paranoia and often times, psychosis. Fergie recently interviewed with iNews where she described living with ‘chemically induced psychosis’ as a result of her crystal meth addiction. Daily, she retells, she experienced hallucinations and symptoms of dementia. She explains that after detoxing from crystal meth and getting sober, her hallucinations persisted, as well did her delusional paranoid thoughts like being watched by government agencies. Users of hallucinogenic drugs can develop what is called Hallucinogenic Persisting Perception Disorder in which they continue to experience physical, visual, and auditory disturbances. Delusions, psychosis, hallucinations, and paranoia can last for years after finally getting off crystal meth.

Understanding the prevalence of persisting psychosis in drug addiction is critical for women in recovery so that they are not triggered, startled by, or scared by the reoccurrence of these symptoms. Easily, a woman might mistake these symptoms for her recovery “failing” or interpret them to mean she will never “get better” and can never be free from addiction. Women can recover and find freedom from addiction to crystal meth.

 

Women at Villa Tranquil, a unique transitional living home in Jupiter Farms, Florida, are exposed to the many different areas of recovery which create a fulfilling life. Independently owned and operated by clinicians, our beautiful home is open to women between the ages of 18-65 seeking to extend the structure, care, and support they received in primary treatment. Call us today for information:  (561) 294-0427