Is There a Relationship Between Paranoia and Addiction?

November 28th, 2020 in General Counselling

Paranoia is a mindset process that causes unintelligible mistrust or suspicion of other individuals. People who are paranoid report some feelings of persecution. However, this perception is not based in reality. Paranoia affects a large number of people because of age-related dementia or an individual disorder.

Paranoia and addiction

There are many substances that can cause addiction including alcohol and a variety of drugs. Many types of addictions seem to come with different levels of paranoia. The following addictive substances have all been regularly documented to be associated with comorbid paranoia:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Other Amphetamines
  • LSD
  • Hallucinogens
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol

The above substances can lead to mental illnesses, reduce the quality of life, and frequently are responsible for under-productivity at the workplace. When someone shows some signs of paranoia, it’s always possible that addiction is playing a role, and a thorough check-up with a medical doctor is a good idea.

Symptoms and signs

Here are some of the unique signs and symptoms to people who are suffering from paranoia and addiction.

  • Being pessimistic and negative about people and things
  • Regular and ongoing stress
  • The belief of mistrust for others
  • Being skeptical about everything
  • Saying that they are persecuted or victimized
  • Social isolation
  • Eccentric attitude
  • Hostility and irritability

Living with individuals who are suffering from paranoia and addiction is very challenging. It is important to have strong personal boundaries, even though you may feel compassion for those afflicted. You should try to understand them and encourage them to go for a medical treatment plan.

We treat patients with both addiction and paranoia. If you know someone suffering from this combination of illnesses in the Greater Vancouver area, please contact us and let us help.

Kuldip Counselling and Consulting has two convenient locations in Surrey and Langley. They offer counselling services and compassionate therapy in the areas of addictions counselling, and family and marriage counselling.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (604) 764-9575.