Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is a serious mental illness and is characterized by intense shifts in energy, mood, and behavior. Like drug abuse, bipolar disorder poses a serious threat to a patient’s physical and psychological well-being. Those patients struggling with bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of relationship troubles, financial instability, accidental injuries and suicide than the general population. Additionally, bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse feed into each other and create an addiction that’s difficult to treat.
What is the Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Abuse?
The relationship between bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse is complex and when a patient is struggling with both, their problems become magnified and can seem impossible to handle. Patients with bipolar disorder and alcoholism are at a significantly higher risk of being hospitalized and exhibiting suicidal tendencies.
According to statistics from the American Journal of Managed Care, over half of the individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder have experienced addiction and those with bipolar disorder were far more likely to become addicted than the general population. Alcohol was also found to be the most commonly abused drug among patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Patients with bipolar disorder deal with many challenges that the general population is not used to dealing with. They undergo vast and sudden changes in energy, mood and behavior that can make living a balanced lifestyle very difficult. Sometimes, these problems can be overwhelming and many of these patients turn to alcohol to cope.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
At Morningside Recovery, we specialize in dual diagnosis treatment, which treats patients struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders like bipolar disorder. The complex interaction between alcohol abuse and bipolar disorder requires help from specialists who can properly assess the severity of one’s condition and how it interacts with their drinking. Some symptoms of bipolar disorder may occur because of alcohol abuse or withdrawal and there are many neurological factors involved. Thus, these patients require both addiction and mental health treatment to treat both parts of their condition.
In addition to bipolar disorder, alcohol interacts with many other mental health disorders. To treat other mental health disorders, Morningside Recovery offers mental health treatments including:
Morningside Recovery has a clinical team that specializes in treating the underlying mental health issues associated with addiction. All of our therapists are educated at the Master’s or Doctorate level and have extensive knowledge of the psychological issues that influence addiction. In conjunction with therapists, clients will also receive in-depth psychiatric care to ensure that they receive any medication necessary to treat bipolar disorder.
We also provide patients with a wide variety of therapy options which give clients a variety of options to gain insight from and the individualized attention they need. We employ both traditional and alternative forms of therapy.
Furthermore, we offer a wide range of programs tailored to the individual needs of each client. We provide clients with an alternative, real-world model program, which operates with substantial supervision in a communal setting. This allows us to provide support to our clients and supervise them in a real-life context, which further helps them to have a smooth transition into sober living after treatment.
Don’t let bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse control your life for another day. Call Morningside Recovery at 855-631-2135 to learn more about our programs.