A few beers or glasses of wine are a wonderful way to unwind after a long day. However, chronic alcoholism can have serious consequences. This includes alcohol-induced psychosis, delusions, and hallucinations. Worse, severe alcoholism can also occur along other with mental health issues like bipolar disorder and depression.
Living with a partner struggling with alcohol dependency is extremely challenging, but it’s never too late. The first step towards the path to healing is recognizing the symptoms.
Spotting the Early Stages of Alcohol-Induced Psychosis
Alcohol-induced psychosis is one of the warning signs of worsening alcohol dependency. Red flags include:
- Dramatic changes in sleep schedule
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irrational fears
- Baseless suspicions
- Detachment from partner, friends, and family
- Unwanted intrusive thoughts
- Anxious behaviours
- Atypical aggression
Ideally, the afflicted person receives treatment at this point. Left untreated, however, the individual may eventually begin experiencing alcohol-induced delusions and hallucinations.
Alcohol-Induced Delusions and Hallucinations
Delusions and hallucinations are considered severe symptoms of alcohol-induced psychosis. People often confuse the two or assume that they are the same. But to help a loved one with treatment, it is important to learn the difference:
A person suffering from delusions believe in false ideas and refuse to be contradicted with facts. For example, the person may believe that while watching television, someone is trying to send them messages through codes.
Another example is the belief that they are an extremely important person (a god, the supreme leader of a country, etc.) Then, they will proceed to act and dress accordingly. You may find it nearly impossible to convince your partner otherwise.
Hallucinations are sensations that seem real but do not exist outside their minds. People with alcohol-induced hallucinations often experience:
Auditory hallucinations – hearing noises no one else hears. This may include clicking, ringing, and buzzing. In more severe cases, people affected hear voices talking to them.
Visual hallucinations – seeing things, visual patterns, or people that no one else sees.
Tactile hallucinations – feeling tickled even when no one is touching the person. Others report feeling bugs crawling under their skin, burning, and other sensations.
Hallucinations are rare occurrences, but chronic drinkers are at high risk. Those who cannot cope may start to experience paranoia, severe mood instability, and suicidal thoughts.
Supporting Your Partner Through Alcohol Dependency
Knowing how to support your man emotionally through alcoholism is more than just forcing them to put down the bottle. You also have to deal with other root causes like anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and other mental health issues.
It’s okay to not feel equipped to do this on your own. You shouldn’t have to.
Alcoholism doesn’t just affect the individual, but also the people around them. What you need is a support system that will not only help you support your partner, but will lighten your burden as well.
Here are a few steps you can do right now:
- Let your partner know that they are not alone.
- Tell them that you are ready to offer support.
- Avoid judgemental or argumentative statements.
- If your partner is receptive, discuss your observations about their symptoms.
Finally, encourage them to seek listening support and professional help.
Listening Support is Available for You and Your Partner
Dealing with alcohol dependence and mental issues is difficult for both the person affected and their loved ones. We understand, and we are here for you. We can help you:
- Learn how to help your husband with depression, alcohol dependence, and other issues
- Find appropriate local support groups and medical professionals
- Receive support for your own emotional and mental struggles
- Find resources for health and social care
- And more
UK-based listening advisors at Talking for Therapy await your call 24/7 and are always ready to provide unconditional support. Book an appointment today.