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Bipolar and substance use can create similar symptoms. The lows may get really dark, while the highs can seem euphoric. Participating in life could shift from seeming completely pointless to feeling like your feet can’t touch the ground. As these extremes occur, you may find it difficult to find a sense of reality and hope.

You find yourself:
  • Losing days, weeks, or months of time 
  • Struggling to maintain relationships and keep up with life
  • Crippled by your lack of control

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by extreme highs and lows, known as manic and depressive episodes. 

Manic episodes can last for several days to weeks and interfere with a person’s ability to function at work, school, or in social relationships. During manic episodes, symptoms can include:

  • Abnormally elevated or irritable mood
  • Enhanced self-confidence or grandiosity
  • Reduced need for sleep
  • Racing thoughts or ideas
  • Increased talkativeness
  • Inability to focus
  • Increased goal-directed activity or agitation
  • Participation in high-risk behaviors
  • Impaired judgment

Depressive episodes can occur for a few weeks to months. They can make it difficult to carry out regular activities like going to work or school, or maintaining social connections. The following symptoms can mark depressive episodes:

  • Depressed or sad mood most of the day, nearly every day
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities
  • Significant change in weight
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Restlessness or slowed movement
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Problems with concentration or decision-making
  • Persistent thoughts of death or suicide

It’s important for you to discuss your symptoms and manic episodes with your healthcare provider. Full knowledge will help them guide your treatment effectively.

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The Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar disorder increases the chance of abusing drugs or alcohol.  People with bipolar disorder may attempt to self-medicate or engage in substance abuse as a result of increased risky behavior in a manic state. However, substance use worsens the symptoms of bipolar disorder. 

It’s also possible for the abuse of substances to induce bipolar disorder as a result of the physical changes caused to the brain.  Frequent drug use can lead to rewiring of the brain. Beyond the impact on the brain’s reward system, parts of the brain that control mood and behavior can also be rewired, leading to bipolar disorder.

The risk factors for people with substance use or bipolar disorders are significant. When these issues are combined, the potential for negative outcomes increases. Seeking professional help for yourself or your loved one with addiction and bipolar disorder is imperative.

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Our Approach to Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

Treatment for substance abuse becomes more complex with a co-occurring disorder like bipolar. Individualized treatment plans can ensure your history, symptoms, and particular struggles are addressed with effective care.

At Shadow Mountain Recovery, you will experience:

  • Secure surroundings to find healing
  • Qualified experts who understand dual diagnosis
  • Tailored therapy techniques to meet your needs
  • 24/7 care to support your recovery

Don’t let co-occurring disorders steal another day from you. Shadow Mountain Recovery can give you the personal care you need to live a more fulfilling life.

Experience Healing at Shadow Mountain Recovery

We understand the path to finding treatment can be filled with obstacles. If you feel overwhelmed with finding the right treatment or determining how to finance it, the Shadow Mountain team is here to help. Our admissions team will ensure you understand your insurance coverage and get the most from your benefits so starting treatment is possible. We accept most major insurances because we want you to get the care you deserve.

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