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If someone is on drugs like (alcohol, LSD, cocaine, ETC.), is it possible that they will act out on their obsessive thoughts if they are under the influence and do not have any self control?

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Hello. First, I have to say

Hello. First, I have to say that if someone is under the influence of mind-altering drugs, no one can predict what they might do. I've never seen any research on this topic, but there is a little controversy about whether alcohol temporarily relieves OCD symptoms until it wears off in some individuals. If you are talking about someone acting out on a paranoid thought, such as accusing their spouse of infidelity rather than just thinking it, I would think the likelihood would increase somewhat. As far as carrying out an act that they are obsessively afraid they will do, such as being afraid they will purposely hurt someone, I wouldn't think they will be more likely to actually do it while under the influence of drugs. Of course, it's always best to avoid illegal drugs and limit alcohol use to one or two drinks at a time. I hope this helps.

Lucy Boyd, RN, BSN


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