Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment

Left untreated, bipolar disorder can cause a person great difficulties and inconveniences in their personal and professional lives. When combined with addiction, the results are destructive and can often be deadly.

Unfortunately, many people don't seek the help they need for either disease allowing issues to exacerbate out of control. If you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar disorder, alcoholism or both, our experienced and compassionate professionals can help.

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understanding bipolar disorder

It can be challenging to accurately diagnose bipolar disorder because, outside of some extreme emotional episodes, people dealing with the disorder can appear to be normally functioning individuals. During these emotional episodes however, sufferers can go from extreme joy and excitement to disabling depression in just a short period of time.

Some Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

  • Accelerated speech
  • Lack of concentration
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Difficulty with sleeping
  • Erratic and impulsive decision making

Bipolar Disorder, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Like most mental disorders, bipolar disorder is often linked to alcoholism and drug addiction. Over 50 percent of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder also struggle with addiction, according to multiple studies. There are several reasons for this.

In many cases, mental health issues like bipolar disorder are genetic just like a large portion of alcohol and drug addictions. Additionally, people struggling with the disorder deal with extreme levels of depression, which often leads them to use drugs or alcohol as coping mechanisms. The same can be said for the extreme levels of euphoria experienced, which can lead to more impulsive behaviors and bad decision making associated with addiction.

Treatment Strategies for Bipolar Disorder

Though there are medications to help alleviate symptoms and episodes associated with bipolar disorder, it is a condition which needs to be managed over a lifetime; medication alone is not enough. Effective treatment requires expert psycho-therapeutic approaches and appropriate medication.

The mental health experts at New Paradigm Recovery will conduct a thorough psychiatric examination treatment program facility. We will then create a tailored treatment plan for you or your loved one, working with your existing psychiatric physician.

The primary focus of treatment for bipolar disorder is healing, education, and empowerment. We want to put our clients in the best position to achieve continued long-term success and allow them to safely reenter society and live free of fear from relapses.

Next Steps...

Learn to manage your bipolar disorder in healthy and productive ways, while breaking your addictions. Call us at New Paradigm Recovery today to start claiming power over your conditions through our bipolar disorder treatment.