Re: drug related schizophrenia
yeah, It happened to me. I began smoking pot when I was 18. I was away from home, and fell in with a crowd of pot-heads, by the 2nd year, Ifelt very depressed, and went on anti-d's, which made me worse cos I was still smoking. I knew something was up when I couldn't converse with other people, I reached a stage that I couldn't follow a conversation, I lost the plot in books, films, and real-life, couldn't express myself or relate to others. While all this was happening I knew something was wrong but it never stopped me abusing drugs. I knew my life before this episode was a lot better, but it was difficult to quit cos I was living with these guys. I left though and came home, everything was different, and I'd changed big time, for the worse, all the while knowing this, and just waiting for my close friends to realise. Last year I smoked a humungus joint, the next morning when I woke up I couldn't stop talking to myself - i think this was the onset of my schizophrenia. To this day I have auditory hallucinations, where I think in words-talking to myself, I know it's me doing it but what ever pushed the button, still hs'nt released it. I have'nt been my true self for 7 years, and I have a lot of things to figure out. Everyone is different though when it comes to this, and at the end of the day, it will be your sisters decision to knock all this on the head. If she realises she has a problem, then thats good, you can work on that, arrange an appointment for her to see a hypnotherapist. It will be a fun day out, she'll be up for getting hypnotised. I tried that myself, one session was expensive, but for my situation it was all the doc thought was neccessary, it was suggestion therapy, where you lie on a couch and just relax, he plants suggestions in your mind that will help with everyday situations, giving confidence and reducing anxiety. Again alot of effort is needed by the individual. I've abstained completely fom weed and trying to quit alcohol. For 2 months I hadn't a sip of beer, and i noticed the improvement, i know in order to get back to normal, mind altering substances won't help, the line your sister and I crossed, the line that divides recreational and abuse needs to be crossed back over, and this requires turning everything in your life around including yourself and journeying back toward it. I don't have the answers for your sister, but only a broad set of guidelines. I can hardly preach myself but these guidelines are really common sense, and facing them hard on will be vey difficult. I wouldn't pressurize your sister to take any meds, cos if she is drinking alcohol or taking drugs, this will make her situation worse, as it did mine - meds have enough side effects without introducing drugs and alcohol into the equation. Everything will be up to her. Hope this Helps
Last edited by jimmylongjohn; 03-29-2006 at 11:46 AM.