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Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Northbound Treatment Services helps our clients to manage their bipolar disorder, working with them to regulate the wide range of emotions the disorder is known for. The sharp contrasts between the ups and downs can be particularly troubling when also dealing with addiction, but the chances of success are greatly increased with professional help for both substance abuse and the underlying disorder. Our clients receive a wide range of treatment strategies, including individual therapy sessions, and group therapy with other dual diagnosed individuals.

As a side note, we never label our clients. We give everyone license to disagree with our diagnoses. Offering our clients the help they need to overcome their issues is much more important than putting them in boxes.

Mania and Depression

Bipolar Disorder is categorized by dramatic mood shifts, ranging from feelings of extreme confidence and hyperactivity (mania) to crippling depression and isolation (depression). Each of these cycles can occur for days or weeks at a time until the sufferer slides back to the opposite end of the disorder spectrum.

Mania is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Distractibility and inattention
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Poor judgment
  • Reckless behavior
    • Binging on drugs or alcohol
    • Risky sexual behaviors
    • Spending sprees
  • Feelings of exhilaration
    • Hyperactivity
    • Increased energy
    • Constant talking
    • Racing thoughts
    • Overconfidence
  • Divided attention between numerous tasks

The depression phase of Bipolar Disorder is equally extreme, and includes the following behaviors:

  • Daily sadness
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Different eating habits
    • Weight loss
    • No appetite
    • Weight gain
    • Overeating
  • Drowsiness or apathy
  • Strong feelings of meaninglessness or shame
  • Suicidal thoughts and ideas
  • Increased/Decreased sleep
  • Avoidance of social settings

After stabilizing the client after a manic or depressive episode, they can begin therapy and medication. Medication will help to control the intense symptoms of the disorder, which relaxes and stabilizes the client enough to give them the chance of success during treatment. Without the help of the right medication, the sufferer can become so overwhelmed by their intense mood swings that they are handicapped during the treatment process. The specific treatment process is designed according to the individual’s needs of each one of our clients and is continually modified based on their progress or emerging needs.

While our goal at Northbound is not to put the emphasis on treatment on medication, some sort of medication can greatly improve our client’s opportunity to recover. All medication is administered under the supervision of our psychiatrists and includes consistent medication management appointments, as well as group and individual therapy.

Family Involvement in Treatment

Individuals suffering from substance abuse or Bipolar Disorder generally have many issues in all areas of their life. This can cause them to become demanding of their loved one’s time and energy, which brings about stress and tension for everyone close to them. Because of this, we encourage the family members of our clients to seek help for themselves as well as their loved one. Group therapy with other families that have shared similar experiences can be a powerful tool and equips our client’s families with the tools to help both themselves and their loved ones. In order to help everyone in their recovery, Northbound offers a family program designed to help the families of our clients get the support that they need.

If you have a loved one struggling with Bipolar Disorder and chemical dependency, then we can help. Finding a recovery program specifically designed to treat dual diagnosis and substance offers your loved on the best chance at recovery, and the tools they need to be sober and successful. Contact one of our Addiction treatment centers today at (866) 538-4356.

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