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My fiance had his drink spiked & is now suffering psychosis! HELP!

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Hi everyone,

I would love to get some advice from people who have perhaps experienced something similar.

Back in August my fiance was drugged with MDMA (apparently) but someone in his soccer team who thought it would be funny - it wasn't! My fiance has never done drugs before and fell into a 2 week long psychosis - paranoia, confusion, hearing voices, seeing things, super emotional... the lot!

He was put on an anti-psychotic and got better. It's been 6 weeks now and after a big night drinking last weekend (which he used to be able to do) he's gone back into a light psychosis again. There's no paranoia but he's definitely confused and finding it difficult to sleep, eat and function normally.

Has anyone seen this before? Will he always be like this?

I feel like our worlds are falling apart right before our eyes!

Please help!!
 
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Hi everyone,

I would love to get some advice from people who have perhaps experienced something similar.

Back in August my fiance was drugged with MDMA (apparently) but someone in his soccer team who thought it would be funny - it wasn't! My fiance has never done drugs before and fell into a 2 week long psychosis - paranoia, confusion, hearing voices, seeing things, super emotional... the lot!

He was put on an anti-psychotic and got better. It's been 6 weeks now and after a big night drinking last weekend (which he used to be able to do) he's gone back into a light psychosis again. There's no paranoia but he's definitely confused and finding it difficult to sleep, eat and function normally.

Has anyone seen this before? Will he always be like this?

I feel like our worlds are falling apart right before our eyes!

Please help!!
wow...awful

the alcohol obviously has something to do with the relapse somehow. Maybe he had a flashback? hopefully he didn't get spiked again, that would be what the police would think happened because it actually is the most likely explanation sadly.

Obviously the first and best thing to do would be, stop drinking. :(

Or at least, impose self rules so he only has one or two, never puts his drink down etc.
 
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I honestly hope that's all he needs to get better! The idea that this might be the rest of our lives is heartbreaking. Thank you so much for replying.
 
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I honestly hope that's all he needs to get better! The idea that this might be the rest of our lives is heartbreaking. Thank you so much for replying.
Has he gone to the GP?

fwiw ive had 3 seizures in my life and I'm 51, each time under the same set of circumstances - extreme stress.

weird stuff goes on in the brain, sometimes it shorts out.
 
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Yeah he saw multiple GPs and psychologists when he went through the initial psychosis.

We're taking him back to the GP today.

Just want answers :low:
 
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Yeah he saw multiple GPs and psychologists when he went through the initial psychosis.

We're taking him back to the GP today.

Just want answers :low:
i used to be in Investigations and any cop would say hes been respiked.

ask him if he was with the same person as the first time.

I bet he was. :(
 
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As much as I wish there was a reason for it - I was with him that night and that particular "friend" was not there.

Just hoping he doesn't have constant relapses for the rest of his life!
 
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it is still very early days from the initial psychosis, it could be a residual psychotic symptoms, hopefully these symptoms will ease off quicker and he will be free from it all in the future. I think unfortunately with drug induced psychosis (or any psychosis really) only time will tell if it is something that will stick around but many (a majority of) people make full recoveries from first episodes. I would advise to avoid stress or alcohol for the next wee while and give his body and mind a chance to recover. Best wishes to you both
 
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I can't tell you how reassuring that is for me! Thank you SO much!
 
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Alcohol interacts with quite a few anti-psychotics, so it's not that surprising that drinking might cause a minor relapse. I'd agree with the others he needs to go tee-total for a while, maybe six months, while his system recovers.

I'd also talk to the doctor about a plan for eventually trying to come off the antipsychotic. That may sound scary to you right now, but first-episode sufferers generally recover better off the drugs than on them, yet many doctors neglect this part of treatment and encourage you to stay medicated for the rest of your life.
 
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He wasn't on his anti psych drugs when he drank but the GP has now re-prescribed them - even though he's definitely not in a psychosis, if anything it seems like more of a PTSD episode!

I would love for him to come off the meds! He has no history of mental illness and because the episode was bought on by an illegal drug, I would think that counselling would help more than more medicine :low:it's so hard to know what to do! Especially when the experts are guessing (and you see the GP googling him symptoms - not a reassuring sight)!
 
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I find it absolutely startling that fiancé has 2 psychotic episodes the first following a Known Drink Spking the second following a Drinking Session with the same people (?) and its dx as Psychosis and treated with yet more drugs.

Unbelievable.

WHAT IF IT WAS THE SPIKING THAT CAUSED THE PSYCHOSIS????

if it was, they are giving him some UNNECESSARY heavy duty antipsychotic meds, on top of the spiking.

did they even do drug tests? did you go to the police or hospital the first time for Investigation?

I don't know maybe theres detail ive skipped. Maybe he shows other signs but OP based on what you've told us it seems to be Obvious Spiking.

Rohypnol would possibly cause a psychotic episode. Or at least a dreamlike state that SEEMS psychotic. That's the Date Rape Drug. :(
 
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I find it absolutely startling that fiancé has 2 psychotic episodes the first following a Known Drink Spking the second following a Drinking Session with the same people (?) and its dx as Psychosis and treated with yet more drugs.

Unbelievable.

WHAT IF IT WAS THE SPIKING THAT CAUSED THE PSYCHOSIS????

if it was, they are giving him some UNNECESSARY heavy duty antipsychotic meds, on top of the spiking.

did they even do drug tests? did you go to the police or hospital the first time for Investigation?

I don't know maybe theres detail ive skipped. Maybe he shows other signs but OP based on what you've told us it seems to be Obvious Spiking.

Rohypnol would possibly cause a psychotic episode. Or at least a dreamlike state that SEEMS psychotic. That's the Date Rape Drug. :(
I could see the antipsychotic though. It doesn't really matter what triggered the psychosis, the big thing would be to get the psychotic episode under control. It'd be an urgent care type of situation. The OP did say he had stopped it prior to the second episode, so it sounds like they used it just long enough to get him out of the psychosis.

To the OP, I am so sorry this has happened to you and your partner. Someone else could have been playing another cruel practical joke with his drink. If you are absolutely certain that his drink wasn't spiked again, it may be a residual thing that over time will disappear entirely, and the best thing would be to avoid similar circumstances for a while in hopes of not triggering a flashback. If it's PTSD, same thing, avoid the triggering circumstances. So definitely stay away from the alcohol for a while.
 
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OP hasn't been back in nearly 2 months...:(
 
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Thanks Izera! It's probably been the worst 3 months of my life but we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

He was prescribed Lexapro for the anxiety he was getting but when that was mixed with the antipsychotic, he had so much social anxiety, wasn't functioning at work and found it hard to hold conversations. He was an erratic mess.

He was taken off the antipsychotic last week after almost 3 months on it and the Lexapro was cut down to half a tablet. Immediately we saw an improvement thank god!! He's still not 100% but at least we're finally seeing some progress. He's been diagnosed with PTS so hopefully that's something that just gets better with time.

So thankful the wedding isn't until next year so he has time to recover! Thanks so much for your kind words. This community has been amazing.
 
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