Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive disorder. Extreme highs and lows are associated with bipolar disorder. Symptoms of this disorder features periods of hurried or manic activity, followed by bouts of depression and sadness. Bipolar disorder sufferers will usually experience some form of substance abuse during their lifetime, and research is underway to better understand this "co-occurring" - the term used when a person experiences a combination of addiction and a mental disorder.

Individuals with bipolar disorder may turn to depressants - such as alcohol or pain pills - in an attempt to manage their mania, or turn to stimulants - such as cocaine or methamphetamines - to cope with depression. In both cases, the usual result is that substance abuse drives the bipolar disorder into the opposite state - depression or mania - rather than fixing anything.

No cure exists for bipolar disorder, but the disease can be managed through medication and psychotherapy. Left untreated, the disease can be devastating, and when bipolar is combined with alcoholism or drug addiction, this devastation is compounded.

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

The most effective treatments for bipolar disorder often combine medication with some form of psychological therapy. Most people with bipolar disorder, even those with severe or intense forms, can use both (medication and therapy), to effectively control their mood swings and live full and satisfying lives.

Psychological Therapies for Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Studies have shown that medication in combination with psychosocial treatments can lead to much better outcomes for bipolar individuals, rather than just medication alone.

A combination of therapies is effective for bipolar disorder treatment, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psycho-Education
  • Family Therapy
  • Interpersonal / Social Rhythm Therapy

With the insights that therapy can bring, individuals with bipolar disorder have a greater chance of:

  • Recognizing the Onset of Any New Episode
  • Dealing with it Appropriately and in Time
  • Keeping up their Regular Medication to Prevent Symptoms from Reoccurring
  • Developing a More Robust Self-Image to Generally Better Cope with the Impact of Living with Bipolar Disorder

Getting Treatment for Addiction and Bipolar Disorder at Florida Center for Recovery

Florida Center for Recovery's bipolar disorder treatment specialists can offer an assessment and formulate a treatment plan for bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, depending on the outcome of your assessment.

We offer a combination of medical, psychological, social, and family intervention to help individuals find a healthy balance and prevent future crises. Our philosophy of treatment for bipolar disorder is different in three important respects:

  • We recognize that bipolar disorder often isn't the only issue. Often people with bipolar disorder are also battling co-occurring conditions such as alcohol addiction and drug dependency. Tackling each issue requires a wider strategy designed to treat the bi-polar disorder, as well as the substance abuse.
  • We treat the whole person, not just an isolated symptom. Because we are all complex products of our history, we need to dig deep to get to the roots of our problems. Florida Center for Recovery, Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Florida, works to identify contributing factors - home life, work, relationships, personal medical history and past traumatic experiences - to establish the big picture that therapy needs to address.
  • Families have an important role to play. Our bipolar disorder treatment programs have a place for families to participate, to educate them about the disorder and better equip them for their role as supporters.

Bipolar co-occurring with substance abuse

Florida Center for Recovery specializes in treating substance addiction as well as behavioral and process addictions such as: compulsive gambling, eating disorders, self-harm, shopping and sex addiction. Our comprehensive Addiction Treatment Programs include the treatment of co-occurring disorders in addition to treatment of individuals diagnosed with PTSD, ADD/ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Anxiety. Therapeutic treatment includes: specialized addiction treatment for expectant mothers, relapse prevention program, family therapy, trauma therapy, art therapy, detox massage, yoga and aftercare programs which are all designed to address each client’s specific needs.

For more information on our addiction treatment programs and therapeutic approaches, call toll free at: 800-960-5041. Florida Center for Recovery offers residential and outpatient drug and alcohol rehab treatment through 12-Step and Non 12-Step Programs.

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