Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder and drug addiction usually go hand in hand and relate to each other on many accounts. There are many drug addicts that have a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, and drug use can trigger bipolar disorders for those who had no history of mental health problems to begin with.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH):

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. There are four basic types of bipolar disorder; all of them involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, and energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very sad, “down,” or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.

If you suffer from both bipolar disorder and substance abuse, then a dual diagnosis treatment program is recommended to achieve lasting recovery from both conditions. Co-occurring disorders are very common yet not all treatment centers are equipped to handle them effectively.

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

What Causes Bipolar Drug Addiction?

When it comes to figuring out which disorder is present and which or if both need to be treated can be very difficult. Misdiagnosis of drug addiction and bipolar disorder is a very common thing to happen. Because drugs can make a person act from one extreme to another; very “high” and excited to very “low” and in a depressed state, signs of a bipolar disorder can be missed since they are very similar. Only a facility that specializes in a dual diagnosis may catch the differences.

The cause of what causes bipolar disorder, drug addiction or having both cannot be easily answered. A combination of similar factors influences risk for both drug addiction and bipolar disorders.  Some of these factors include genetics, environment, and biology.

  • Genetics – The genes that we are born with are responsible for half of the risk for drug addiction and/or bipolar disorder.
  • Environment – One’s environment includes many influences, such as family and friends, economic status, and ones general quality of life.
  • Biology – Areas of the brain that develop coping skills, decision-making, judgment, and self-control may not develop properly which may lead to one or both disorders.

The addiction can be from familiarity 

Many people with bipolar disorders “cure” their symptoms with drugs because they can be uncomfortable. When they are in a “low” they use drugs to bring them up, and when they are on a “high” they may use drugs to keep that going. The effects of using drugs can make bipolar disorders worse due to the fact the extreme “low” that happens when coming down from the drugs. Also, drugs mess with the chemical makeup of the brain and with a bipolar disorder on top of that, the results can be severe.

Treatment is essential and available when both disorders exist. Since both disorders are many times linked, it is very important to treat both disorders at the same time. Treating only one will result in an ineffective outcome. A treatment center that has intensive dual diagnoses programs, as well as medication treatment for both symptoms and therapeutic sessions, is one’s best option for success.

Get the Help You Need 

At Garden State Treatment Center, our dual diagnosis drug rehab in New Jersey specializes in treating dual diagnosis individuals. Our professional staff understands how co-occurring conditions affect each other and how to make your treatment effective. Ultimately, it’s not easy to recover from a co-occurring disorder by yourself. Our treatment programs specifically address underlying mental health conditions that could be fueling your substance abuse and addictive behavior.

The first step towards recovering from a co-occurring disorder is always the hardest. It is very difficult to do this on your own, that’s why Garden State Treatment Center is here to help. This condition can be successfully treated at our dual diagnosis rehab center in Sparta, New Jersey. Dual diagnosis drug rehab centers create the right environment, customized treatment as well as offer a caring and professional staff that will help you achieve lasting sobriety.