WHAT IS IT?
Bipolar Disorder and addiction
Bipolar Disorder can be challenging to diagnose and can be caused by genetics, brain chemistry or exposure the stressful environments or situations. Individuals suffering from bipolar disorder experience incredible mood swings that take them from feelings of incredible highs to devastating lows. It is a manic disorder that renders many sufferers unable to properly sleep, eat, concentrate or function. Dealing with such feelings and emotions is unpleasant and, for many, impossible. In an attempt to self-medicate, bipolar sufferers look to substances such as drugs and alcohol to ease the pain and provide a temporary sense of normalcy. This approach is obviously dangerous and oftentimes results in dependency on these substances.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
A critical step in your recovery
While it is important to treat any addiction, it is also crucial that any co-occurring disorders also be diagnosed and treated. These disorders, such as bipolar, play a key role in a client’s reliance and dependency on drugs and alcohol and, therefore, treating one but not the other will prove ineffective.
Our team of medical and mental health professionals work in collaboration with our addiction specialists to craft customized care plans for each patient that treats all addiction and co-occurring disorders to provide the best possibility for long-term success.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing the following symptoms, they may be suffering from bipolar disorder and should consider a treatment program like the one offered at BriteLife Recovery:
- Extreme swings in energy and activity levels
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Thoughts about self-harm or suicide
- Exhibit reckless behavior
- Poor diet or appetite changes