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Bipolar and Addiction

Bipolar and Addiction Treatment at Banyan Chicago

While many people struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, often substance abuse may not be their sole problem. Addiction is commonly associated with underlying mental health problems. Especially when these mental health problems are serious, it is important to find a dual diagnosis treatment center that will work on solutions for both issues at the same time.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is one of the more serious mental health disorders and can also be known as manic depression. It is characterized by intense and sudden changes in mood and energy levels. It may also be accompanied by erratic and irrational behaviors. The phase of high energy is known as mania or hypomania, and the low mood is known as depression. Secondary symptoms of bipolar disorder may include irritability, trouble at work, problems focusing, rapid speech, sleep problems, social withdrawal, and substance abuse. Usually, treatment at a bipolar rehab or with an experienced professional is necessary to see real improvement.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a greater term used to classify a few different types of the disorder including:

  • Bipolar I
  • Bipolar II
  • Cyclothymic disorder or cyclothymia
  • Unspecified bipolar disorder

These different types of bipolar disorder come with different symptoms, so creating a specific bipolar disorder treatment plan is the best approach for long-term success.

The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder & Drugs and Alcohol

Bipolar disorder is said to affect six million people in the United States, and of those six million, it is estimated that over 56% also suffer with an addiction disorder of some kind.1 When an individual suffers from both bipolar disorder and addiction simultaneously, this is known as a dual diagnosis. In most dual diagnosis cases, people abuse these substances in an effort to self-medicate. Instead of finding a bipolar treatment center and professional help, they turn to alcohol or drugs as a form of comfort.

When the self-medication starts to spiral out of control into an addiction, bipolar and substance abuse treatment becomes necessary. Addiction will interfere with all aspects of a person’s life including personal relationships, family life, work, mental wellbeing, and physical health. The only way to keep these problems from getting worse is through proper bipolar and addiction treatment that will help minimize the risk of relapse.

Treating Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Together

At our Chicago drug and alcohol treatment center, we believe in creating personalized treatment plans for our patients that take into account all of their physical, mental, and personal needs. To begin, all patients will undergo a comprehension assessment that pinpoints their issues. In the case of those who require both bipolar disorder and addiction treatment, our experienced staff will develop a plan that works to help the patient overcome their substance abuse as well as manage their bipolar symptoms.

Bipolar and drug abuse treatment will include a variety of intense therapy sessions and programming options. Through individual and group therapy sessions, patients can develop a greater understanding of their disease and how they are connected. Programming like relapse prevention education, cognitive behavioral therapy, and biofeedback can dive deeper into these issues and prepare patients for life outside of treatment. Patients will learn healthier ways of coping outside of drugs or alcohol with the guidance of our experienced staff. Medication will also be prescribed as necessary to manage bipolar symptoms.

If you or a loved one is battling a substance abuse problem as well as bipolar disorder, it is important to find proper bipolar and addiction treatment. While addiction treatment programs can help the patient overcome their substance abuse, it is not sufficient enough to keep them sober if their mental health is not addressed. Take the first step toward a complete recovery today with Banyan Treatment Centers Chicago.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health disorder and substance abuse, help is just a phone call away. Call Banyan Treatment Center now, we are here to help: 1 (630) 748-7315.


  1. American Journal of Managed Care – Bipolar Disorder" Costs and Comorbidity

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