Addiction and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand, and those suffering from bipolar disorder in particular have a strong risk of turning to substance abuse.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme episodes of mania and depression, and moods that can cycle rapidly. As a result, those diagnosed with a form of bipolar disorder may turn to alcohol or drugs to find relief and escape from their chaotic feelings. Without appropriate treatment this can lead to a dangerous pattern of addiction.
Whether a bipolar diagnosis has already been made or the disorder is suspected, it’s crucial to pay attention to the warning signs. Be aware of the triggers of mania and depression, and work with a health care provider to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
If someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, an accurate diagnosis is key to receiving effective treatment. Using a dual-diagnosis approach to treatment, Fairwinds Treatment Center helps find and address the root cause psychological triggers of addiction, allowing patients a chance to experience a full and lasting recovery.