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Treatment for Addiction and Bipolar DisorderSubstance abuse is very common among people with bipolar disorder. Studies have shown that as many as sixty percent of people with bipolar disorder will experience some form of substance abuse during their lifetime. Individuals with bipolar disorder often turn to depressants, such as alcohol and pain pills in an effort to manage their mania. They also turn to stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamines to cope with depression. In both cases, the usual result is that ongoing substance abuse drives the bipolar disorder into the opposite state - mania or depression - rather than fixing the problem. Although, no cure exists for bipolar disorder, the disease can be managed through medication and psychotherapy. Left untreated, the disease can be devastating and when combined with substance abuse and addiction this devastation is compounded.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

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

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

Therapies that are effective for bipolar disorder treatment include:

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

By gaining insightful information during therapy, individuals with bipolar disorder are better equipped to:

  • Recognize the onset of any new episode
  • Deal with the disorder appropriately and in time
  • Keep with their regular medication to prevent symptoms from reoccurring
  • Develop a more robust self-image to cope with the impact of living with bipolar disorder

How A Center for Addiction Recovery Treats Clients with Bipolar Disorder and Addiction:

For bipolar disorder treatment and other mood disorders, specialists at A Center for Addiction Recovery conduct complete assessment and formulate a treatment plan that is individualized for each patient.

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 aspects.

1- We recognize that bipolar disorder often isn't the only issue involved. 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 bipolar disorder, as well as the addiction.

2- We treat the whole person, and not just an isolated symptom. Because we are all complex products of our upbringing, we need to dig deep to get to the roots of our problems. We at A Center for Addiction Recovery work hard to identify contributing factors--home life, work, relationships, personal medical history and past traumatic experiences--to establish the big picture that the individualized therapy needs to address.

3- We recognize that families play an important role in the recovery process. Our treatment programs provide family members with a forum to learn positive communication skills and address chronic issues and concerns with the guidance of a professional mediator.

To learn more about addiction and co-occurring disorders please visit the pages below:

To learn more about addiction and co-occurring disorders please visit the pages below:

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Addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder