Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment


shutterstock_198373892Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Treatment

When a person is suffering from bipolar disorder and also addiction this is referred to as Dual Diagnosis. Dual Diagnosis is when a patient suffers from both a mental illness and a problematic substance abuse/addiction condition.

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder that is distinguished by sudden and intense mood changes, erratic behaviors, and changes in energy levels. Those who suffer from bipolar disorder typically have problems in their personal life maintaining relationships, employment, and are more prone to self inflicted injuries, suicide, and general instability than the general population. Bipolar can greatly affect a person’s general well being, physically and emotionally.

According to the American Journal of Managed Care, individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder are more prone to develop a substance addiction. In a recent study, 56% of those asked in a national study said there was a drug or alcohol addiction problem at one time in their life. Alcohol was the main substance of choice, with a shockingly high number of 46%. Looking at those statistics, that means 1 out of 2 people with bipolar disorder also suffer/have suffered from an addiction problem

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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression is said to affect nearly six million American adults. This disorder is characterized by severe mood swings that go from depression to a mania.

Depression is a negative mood while mania is extreme feelings of happiness and euphoria.

Signs of Bipolar Disorder:


Addiction’s Role:

Of those suffering from bipolar, 56% also struggle with drug abuse and addiction. That statistic is much greater than most other co-occurring disorders (depression, anxiety, etc…). A reason behind this statistic could be that subconsciously those who suffer from bipolar disorder may be using substances to stabilize their moods. Unfortunately, the drug or alcohol use will do the opposite and make the symptoms of bipolar disorder worse. In some cases of extreme bipolar disorder the drug use and alcohol abuse can even set off the negative behavior or mood change.

Recovery from Bipolar Disorder and Addiction:

Treatment for the dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and addiction has many different therapies that can be applied. Our therapists are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy that has been shown to work for clients with bipolar disorder, our family program and support groups are also helpful. Individual therapy with our therapists and counselors gives clients the one-on-one time that is needed for those who suffer from a co-occurring disorder.

The chances of relapse are two high for those who suffer from bipolar disorder and substance abuse, so it is crucial that a comprehensive treatment program is chosen. At A New Start, Inc. we address both the mental illness and the addiction while putting you on the right track towards recovery. We give you the tools to identify possible triggers and learn coping skills for difficult situations.

shutterstock_263104373A New Start, Inc.’s Treatment Plan

A New Start, Inc. provides dual diagnosis treatment and therapy for all their patients. Upon entering into treatment on day one, the patient will be placed into a dual diagnosis treatment plan. A bipolar disorder and addiction treatment plan comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on both the mental health disorders and disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention and so much more.

Dual diagnosis treatment has a high level of complexity and with the right amount of patience and understanding therapists and staff at A New Start, Inc. have successfully developed a care plan that covers all aspects of the mental health disorder and addiction recovery. Our cognitive therapy program is often used for bipolar and addiction treatment.

The goals of A New Start, Inc.’s dual diagnosis recovery plan is to help clients learn about their bipolar disorder. We also want clients to understand that recovery is possible. We motivate our patients to make those positive changes in their life in order to be a productive member of society. Support is the last main goal of A New Start, Inc. We want all of our patients to feel supported through their recovery journey, if clients are encouraged and motivated it gives patients the strength and support to keep battling forward.

We offer an assortment of dual diagnosis treatment programs that are created to help clients achieve sobriety and overcome their co-occurring disorders concurrently. To contact A New Start, Inc. now, call us at (844) TALK-ANS, we are here for you anytime of day.


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