Bipolar disorder is a mental health and brain condition characterized by alternating episodes of mania and depression. Manic episodes involve high energy, almost frenetic at times, elation, and sometimes reckless behavior like gambling or risky sex. Depressive episodes manifest themselves in low energy, hopeless feelings, and difficulty being motivated to do anything. Some bipolar individuals try to hurt themselves during depressive episodes.
Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
Of all those with mental health conditions, 29 percent also abuse alcohol or drugs, and that number rises to 50 percent for those with severe mental health conditions, which bipolar disorder often becomes. When mental health and substance abuse disorders present together, they are called co-occurring disorders.
There is no set cause-and-effect relationship between substance abuse and mental illness, although some with mental illness do attempt to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol as a way to handle their condition. Some with bipolar disorder may take stimulant drugs when they are having depressive episodes or alcohol or other depressive drugs when having manic episodes.
Both manic and depressive episodes can also result in reduced self-control and judgment and more impulsive behaviors, which can lead to substance abuse. Furthermore, substance abuse can make mental disorders worse.
How Rehab Helps Co-Occurring Disorders
When you suffer from both bipolar disorder and substance abuse, you may not realize how much both impact your life and may be in denial about the real, negative effects these conditions have on you. When these negative effects begin to compound in your life, they often cause broken relationships, financial difficulties, or health problems that can no longer be ignored.
The complexity and interrelationship between bipolar disorder and substance abuse make inpatient or partial hospitalization the likely best option for treatment, but a treatment professional will be able to tell you what treatment options will most help you overcome your addiction and mental health condition.
It is impossible to treat just bipolar disorder or substance abuse when the two co-occur because they become intertwined and affect each other in complex ways. In Colorado rehab, these co-occurring disorders are treated together in order for both to be managed in the best possible way.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment
The multidisciplinary treatment approach combines medical and psychological professionals and addiction specialists that all work together to address aspects of the disorders. Multidisciplinary treatment can be necessary for co-occurring disorders that include bipolar disorder because medication and counseling are often both needed to stabilize the bipolar behaviors.
Most treatment options involve individual and group therapy as well as other treatment methods. Family therapy may be involved. Treatments are individualized to meet specific needs, which can be more complex and individualized when disorders co-occur.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake offers treatment for co-occurring disorders including bipolar disorder that co-occurs with substance abuse using individualized, multidisciplinary methods that can get you or a loved one on the road to a stable recovery. Contact us today to discuss how we can help.