Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on October 29, 2021.
People who have bipolar disorder sometimes turn to drugs or alcohol to help them cope with their condition. They may self-medicate to alleviate symptoms or seek relief from mental illness.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that impacts your mood and energy level and may cause disruptions in your day-to-day life. There are two diagnoses for it:
About 2.8% of American adults have bipolar disorder.
People with bipolar disorder have a higher incidence of drug and alcohol addiction than the general population. When someone has these co-occurring disorders, they have a dual diagnosis. This can lead to challenges in treating both types of mental illness, including:
People with a dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and substance abuse, including alcohol or meth addiction, often have trouble completing daily tasks. Sometimes they stop taking their meds because the feeling of being on meth or other substances gives them a high similar to manic episodes. Those with a dual diagnosis may face issues with employment and relationships. Integrated treatment that addresses both conditions has provided the most success to struggling individuals.
Treatment of bipolar and substance abuse disorders consists of an integrated approach to address both conditions simultaneously. Treatment focuses on a holistic plan tailored to each individual based on their past and their unique behaviors. This treatment considers the mental health needs for both bipolar disorder and substance abuse and treats them equally.
Clients may receive medicine for each condition as well as detox and therapy. Residential stabilization offers the stability people need during recovery.
If you or someone you know needs help managing a dual diagnosis, we can assist. Diamond House Detox specializes in treating co-occurring disorders, including bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Explore our available programs and contact us today.