Abuse and Bipolar Disorder
There is a definite link between bipolar disorder and addiction. Although it’s something that researchers are still trying to understand completely, we do know that bipolar disorder often leads to addiction, and addiction can also cause bipolar disorder.
Essentially, bipolar disorder changes the chemical reactions in the brain, causing impulsiveness, depression, and more. This hormonal imbalance impacts a person’s mood, emotions, sleep patterns, eating patterns, and more. In many cases, individuals will seek out ways to find relief from these uncomfortable sensations in the form of drugs or alcohol.
Addiction is a chronic disease that causes a chemical reaction in the brain. Addiction impacts the pleasure and reward centers of the brain. Since bipolar disorder causes impaired judgment, it makes sense that individuals may seek to stimulate the pleasure-seeking centers of the brain with drugs or alcohol, leading to the need for drug or alcohol addiction treatment. However, a bipolar diagnosis must be made before beginning a treatment plan.
Signs of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is often mistaken for other disorders such as anxiety or depression, depending on what type of episode they are in when they seek treatment. The key to successfully diagnosing bipolar disorder is to understand all the symptoms.
With bipolar disorder, there are usually two sets of symptoms that must be inspected. Both the manic and depressive side of bipolar comes with shockingly different signs and symptoms:
- Above-average energy levels.
- Restlessness, difficulty concentrating.
- Racing thoughts combined with talking quickly and jumping from one idea to the next.
- Inappropriate or risky behavior.
- Lack of respect for social norms.
- Poor judgment, such as taking part in spending sprees or sexual promiscuity.
- Aggressive behavior and denial that anything is wrong.
- Feeling hopelessness, guilt, or worthlessness.
- Decreased energy.
- Losing interest in once-enjoyed hobbies or activities.
- Feeling tired.
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things.
Medication for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness, which means there is no cure. The only way to find relief from the symptoms is with an expert management treatment plan. For
many individuals, this includes a combination of medication and therapy. Some of the approved medications and treatment options include:
Medications such as lithium, lamotrigine, and valproic acid help stabilize moods and prevent the high-highs and low-lows associated with bipolar disorder.
Anti-depressants are not recommended for all individuals suffering from bipolar. However, they can be beneficial in specific cases.
Usually consisting of behavioral therapy, education, and other types of unique therapies, working with a therapist will foster positive beliefs, a healthy self-image, and a happy mood.
Olanzapine, risperidone, quetiapine, and lurasidone are also recommending to help prevent manic episodes.
Benzodiazepines and other anti-anxiety medication are also helpful in treating bipolar since they help regulate sleep.
Finding a support system that consists of peers, friends, family, and healthcare providers is an important part of treatment for bipolar. Group therapy reinforces healthy routines and provides a sense of camaraderie with others going through similar experiences.
What is the Holistic Approach?
At Beachway Therapy Center, our therapists utilize a holistic approach to dual diagnosis treatment. This means that we aim to heal a patient’s mind, body, and soul. Our holistic approach focuses on identifying the underlying issues as our therapists work to resolve them.
Our personalized treatment plans include individualized therapy options based on the patient’s unique needs and interests. Some of our most popular therapies include:
We aim to help patients prepare for a long and healthy life through expert nutritional counseling and physical therapies. Reinforcing healthy habits is key to ensuring our patients successfully transition back into the real world.
We also provide aftercare plans to ensure the full success of our patients. Features such as placement in a sober living environment, access to group therapy, help to obtain employment, or post-secondary schooling are vital parts of most aftercare programs designed to prevent relapse.
How to Further Help Yourself
Call Us Today and Get the Help You Need
If you or a loved one is living with bipolar disorder and substance abuse, there are answers and treatment available. At Beachway Treatment Center, our dual diagnosis specialists can help create a comprehensive recovery plan that will ensure a happy and healthy future.
Call 877-284-0353 today to speak with one of our qualified and compassionate counselors to get started on the road to recovery.