People with bipolar disorder are likely to experience mood changes that range from manic highs to depressive lows. These drastic changes can cycle quickly or slowly, depending on the person. Like other mental health conditions, bipolar disorder can make daily life difficult for sufferers, which can lead to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms. Self-medicating with addictive substances is risky because it can lead to addiction, and addiction comes with its own set of problems. Instead of providing a solution, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can worsen bipolar symptoms and create even more negative consequences.
The best option for treating bipolar disorder and drug or alcohol addiction is through a recovery program at a reputable addiction treatment center like First Steps Recovery. Both conditions must be treated at the same time in a dual-diagnosis program for the best outcome.
Individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder experience drastic mood changes that range from manic highs to depressive lows. Like many other mental health disorders, bipolar disorder has the potential to affect a person’s quality of life, which may lead them to attempt to cope through the use of drugs or alcohol. These substances may provide a degree of relief from symptoms of bipolar disorder, but this temporary relief is offset by a significant potential of developing an addiction. Additionally, substance abuse has the potential to worsen symptoms of bipolar disorder over time. The use of drugs or alcohol in place of proper treatment for mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder has the potential to be detrimental to an individual’s mental and physical health. Receiving treatment for addiction and bipolar disorder is the best way to mitigate symptoms and overcome drug dependence while getting the help required to make positive life changes.
Here at First Steps Recovery, we’re prepared to help clients address both their substance abuse issues as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder. During treatment, clients will attend both traditional talk therapy and various experiential therapies, helping them to properly address their addiction and their mental health. Our on-staff medical professionals help clients to determine whether receiving the proper medication is an option for the treatment of their bipolar disorder, and our trained therapists assist clients in developing the proper tools and coping skills to help ensure relapse is not a part of their future.
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