Why You Have Drug Dreams Once You’re Sober

If you’re recovering from an addiction and have been sober for awhile, you may start to experience disturbing dreams. It’s a common occurrence to experience dreams so vivid, you wake up believing you just used drugs. This is usually terrifying if you’ve been struggling with recovery from addiction and you may even experience a sense of guilt when you wake up. Drug dreams will usually be a nightmare with the conscious fear of relapse.

These dreams are a part of the recovery process and can even be considered positive. They can be a gauge on how your recovery is moving along. You might think you’ve made it past your addiction but sometimes, there’s an underlying part of you that is still dependent on the substance.  more

Drugs and Dreams

Dreams are a series of images, ideas, thoughts, emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. They have been described physiologically as a response to a neural process when the person is asleep
while the psychological basis proposed is that they are because of reflection of the subconscious mind. Pharmacologists are of the view that medications, many hormones, neurotransmitters, herbs and supplements can alter dreams and make them
more or less vivid.

The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood
although they have been a topic of interest since ages.
The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology  more

Weird dreams on seroquel

Anyone else get this? Every night now I have such lifelike dreams. And so many of them too. A very weird thing is often in these dreams I am sedated, like my asleep self is very aware of the fact that I am being kept asleep by medication. A couple times even in dreams I looked over to see a pill bottle in my hand or was trying to spit pills out of mouth so it’s even further symbolism there. I couldn’t even go on 100 mg because the dreams became too insane and I was trapped in them, I couldn’t claw my way out. (They’re not all nightmares but when they are nightmares it’s horrible)  more

Do Medications Cause Nightmares?

The Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility recently published a short case study about a woman who experienced the sudden onset of nightmares after being prescribed a certain antiobiotic. The case study involved a 19-year old woman who had a gastrointestinal disorder that occurs as a result of weak muscles in the stomach, and slows the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. The symptoms of the disorder included vomiting and nausea.

The patient was prescribed an antiobiotic, Erythromycin, to treat her gastric symptoms. The antiobioc Erythromycin is often used to treat bacterial infections and respiratory infections, such as strep; in fact, it is also sometimes used during pregnancy to prevent strep in newborns, and is generally thought to be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  more

Nightmares in Patients With Psychosis: The Relation With Sleep, Psychotic, Affective, and Cognitive Symptoms


To examine the prevalence of nightmares in people with psychosis and to describe the link between nightmares and sleep quality, psychotic, affective, and cognitive symptoms.


Nightmares might be common in those with psychosis and are associated with increased day- and nighttime impairment.  more