Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition that involves chemical imbalances in the brain, affecting mood behavior. To classify as a mental health or co-occurring disorder, your symptoms must continue for an extended period. Diagnosing bipolar disorder is not a simple task, and we require that you detox before a therapist can separate the effects of the addiction from those of the mental health disorder. It is often possible that psychiatrists and therapists may mislabel bipolar disorder as either severe depression, anxiety or even or schizophrenia if diagnosed in the midst of active substance use including post acute withdrawal symptoms. At Enlightened Solutions, we understand that bipolar disorder is complicated and may require that you take medication as prescribed while you complete treatment. Our program is designed to offer the option of addressing mental health disorders and substance use disorders without medication in a holistic way.
While we are primarily a substance use disorder treatment center, we treat our clients uniquely by offering personal mental health and substance use disorder assessments. Following these evaluations, either by referral or through our treatment center, we can then schedule detox and formulate a recovery plan once we understand the specifics of your needs. Enlightened Solutions is a great place for you to separate yourself from an addictive environment and find support in a recovery atmosphere. While the addiction cycle may feel impossible to break, our team can offer you the tools to successfully manage your bipolar disorder and abstain from abusing drugs and alcohol.
Misdiagnosis and Overmedicating
Through substance abuse you may feel able to reduce the chemical imbalance, to improve the situation however, makes it worse. In therapy and through proper diagnosis through referred physicians, we can tailor therapy to assist those mood behavior changes such as the high or manic episodes and low depressive days. Often the issue that we find with addiction and misdiagnosed mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder is that you may be self-medicating or being over-medicated. If depression alone is your diagnosis, then you’re probably taking depression medication that inaccurately serves only one side of the issue. Substance abuse then becomes the other self-medication that feeds the current mood, like caffeine or other stimulants.
If you’re someone that wants to understand more about your substance use and concurring bipolar disorder, we can help you. We’ve created a program here at Enlightened that allows you to be mindful of these behavioral mood changes, recognize them and practice coping skills that can taper the feeling. Managing mental health disorders require work and special skills such as breathing exercises paired with meditation, physical fitness, yoga, pilates or jogging and talk therapy. Acceptance is another series of treatment sessions our therapists offer that helps you process your diagnosis, understand it and move to solutions that will make your life manageable without substances.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder:
- Abrupt or timely mood changes
- Periods of depression and isolation
- Time spent in hyperactive or manic episodes
- Concentration issues
- Sleep pattern imbalance
- Chronic fatigue
- Irrational or risk-taking behavior
- Jumbled thoughts
- Frantic speech