Psychosis with coexisting substance misuse: assessment and management in adults and young people.
This guideline offers best practice advice on the assessment and management of people with psychosis and coexisting substance misuse. Psychosis is a condition that affects a personâ€™s mental state, including their thoughts, mood and behaviour. The symptoms of psychosis are:â€¢ hallucinations â€“ hearing voices and sometimes seeing things that are not really thereâ€¢ delusions â€“ having fixed beliefs that are false but which the person believes in completely. Substance misuse is a broad term encompassing, in this guideline, the harmful use of any psychotropic substance, including alcohol and either legal or illicit drugs. Use of such substances is harmful when it has a negative effect on a personâ€™s life, including their physical and mental health, relationships, work, education and finances or leads to offending behaviour.
This resource was contributed by The National Documentation Centre on Drug Use.