Having a co-occurring mental health disorder alongside addiction has its own set of unique challenges. Many often wonder if addiction can cause mental illness or vice versa, but the truth is that they both feed off each other, making each other worse over time if treatment is not sought out. Bipolar disorder is one such mental health disorder that often coincides with addiction. Proper treatment that treats this disorder and addiction simultaneously is needed to give the person the best chance at recovery. Here is how bipolar disorder and addiction coincide and what treatment looks like.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Individuals with bipolar disorder often experience extreme emotional highs and lows that can cause feelings of mania, hypomania, or severe depression. It can cause unusual shifts in energy levels, mood, concentration, and activity. There are three types: Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, and Cyclothymic Disorder.

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Those diagnosed with bipolar disorder are often more likely to use drugs and alcohol. The National Library of Medicine states, “bipolar disorder is the most likely to co-occur with alcohol or drug abuse.” It also states that individuals with bipolar disorder are more likely to resist treatment, have a greater need for hospitalization, and are more likely to experience both irritable and dysphoric mood states. Drugs and alcohol can make the symptoms of bipolar disorder worse, causing the person to use more to relieve the symptoms; this often results in addiction.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

When it comes to treating a dual diagnosis, simultaneous treatment for mental health disorders and addiction is crucial. Not treating the two simultaneously significantly lowers the chances of a person’s success in recovery. A wide range of treatments is used to treat both, including medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Over time, a person can begin to relieve their symptoms and learn healthy coping strategies to avoid relapse.

Having bipolar disorder while also struggling with addiction has its own obstacles to overcome. Many may not understand your struggles, but that does not mean that healing is impossible. With the right facility, you too can have your happy ending and live a healthy, sober life. Alta Loma Transformational Services, we understand that co-occurring disorders must be treated simultaneously. We strive to give men a new start and do so through individualized treatment plans and more. Call us today at (866) 457-3843 to learn more and begin your journey to healing.


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