Bipolar and Drug Addiction Treatment in Illinois | Banyan Chicago

While many people struggle with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, substance abuse may often not be their sole problem. Addiction is commonly associated with underlying mental health problems, especially since mental illness symptoms can worsen with the assistance of drugs. At Banyan, our dual diagnosis treatment centers offer bipolar and drug addiction treatment.


What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder formerly known as manic depression or manic-depressive illness. 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 involving an excellent mental health program and experienced professionals is necessary to learn coping skills and see improvement.


Types of Bipolar Disorder

There are mood episodes: manic, hypomanic, major depressive, and mixed. These episodes weigh in on different levels depending on the type of bipolar disorder. For example, one may feel extremely happy or energized but experience major depression later. Each mood lasts a different duration of time.

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

The various bipolar disorders come with different symptoms, so creating a specific bipolar disorder treatment plan is the best approach for long-term success. For instance, Bipolar II is characterized by having hypomanic and depressive episodes. Cyclothymic disorder is known to be a milder but chronic form of bipolar. Unlike the first two disorders, manic episodes are not likely, and the change of mood is not as extreme. It is vital to have a professional diagnosis and establish a course of treatment for bipolar disorder and substance abuse treatment depending on the disorder.


The Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

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 cases, people abuse these substances to self-medicate. Instead of finding successful dual diagnosis treatment centers 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 well-being, and physical health. The only way to keep these problems from getting out of hand is through proper bipolar and addiction treatment that will help minimize the risk of relapse.


Help at Our Chicago Rehab Center

At our Chicago addiction 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. 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.

If you or a loved one needs bipolar and drug addiction treatment, take the first step by contacting Banyan Treatment Centers today!



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


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At Banyan Chicago our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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