Bipolar Disorder and Drug Abuse
Bipolar disorder, often referred to as manic depressive disorder, is a disease of the mind. A person suffering from bipolar disorder fluctuates from emotions of elation to a deep depression. This disease commonly occurs alongside substance abuse. Those who are suffering from bipolar disorder and drug abuse will need to seek the help of a professional who is trained in dual diagnosis. If left untreated, the individual may suffer consequences that may devastate their lives. Most individuals suffering from bipolar disorder and substance abuse ruin relationships, drop out of school, do poorly at work, quit their jobs, and suffer suicidal thoughts. Dual diagnosis rehab centers can assist an individual in living with their disease while refraining from drug abuse.
Dangers of Manic Depression and Drug Abuse
A person who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder will experience dynamic mood swings that affect the individual’s thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the world. During this bipolar episode a person may self medicate by taking alcohol or drugs. This can be extremely dangerous to the individual and people around them. For example, one of the symptoms of bipolar disorder is thoughts of suicide. If the person is in a deep depressive state while using drugs, their loss of inhibition and judgment may cause them to act on their suicidal thoughts. A person who suffers this dual diagnosis must seek treatment to learn how to properly live with their disease and cure their substance abuse.
Bipolar depression mixed with drug abuse can tear families apart. Living with an individual suffering from this dual diagnosis can cause stress, confusion, frustration, anxiety, and anger. It is hard to understand the mindset of an addict with bipolar disorder. A dual diagnosis rehab center will provide the family with an understanding and mental relief while treating the individual’s illness.
Dual Diagnosis Rehab
Dual diagnosis treatment centers are specialized in treating an individual’s mental illness and drug abuse simultaneously. We hire trained professionals whose expertise is in the field of mental illness and substance abuse. Alcohol and drug detox, counseling, and after care services to a dual diagnosis patient are provided by Beachway Therapy Center.