When individuals have both a mental health disorder and a drug addiction, they have co-occurring disorders. Co-occurring bipolar disorder and drug addiction are common. In the past, professionals saw mental disorders and drug addictions as separate issues. Therefore, individuals often needed to seek treatment separately, leading to low success rates for individuals dealing with both drug addiction and bipolar disorder. Fortunately, we have now reached a place where medical professionals understand that both problems need to be treated at the same time for the best outcomes. Dual diagnosis treatment centers in Tampa, FL, are a good place to start for those struggling with co-occurring disorders.
How are Bipolar Disorder and Drug Addiction Connected?
Studies show that anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder also have a substance abuse disorder. This is higher than with any other mental disorder. It is interesting to see that individuals with bipolar disorder and drug addiction often have experiences with childhood trauma. This is true even when the individuals experience only one of these. This may help explain why the two conditions so often co-exist.
Why Do Drug Addiction and Bipolar Disorder Co-Occurr So Frequently?
There are several theories as to why bipolar disorder and drug addiction often exist together. Some of them include:
- The same chemicals that are out of sync in bipolar disorder are also factors in addiction and can make those with bipolar disorder more likely to fall prey.
- In some people, the addiction comes first and the brain changes that occur with addiction may trigger bipolar disorder.
- Bipolar disorder is one of the most difficult mental health disorders to handle.
Whatever it is that creates a bond between these two things, it is clear that they need to be treated together in order to break the cycle.
Treating Both at the Same Time
Integrated addiction treatment programs are necessary to treat those with a dual diagnosis adequately. Because each individual has different needs, a thorough evaluation must first take place and a treatment plan put into place. An integrated treatment plan might include any or all of the following:
- Centralized care in one facility ensuring continuity of treatment and a less chaotic environment
- A dedicated team of specialists trained in treating dual diagnosis
- Individual therapy to help find more productive ways of coping with the changes living with bipolar disorder creates
- Peer support groups to help with both bipolar disorder and drug addiction
- Medication to help even out the chemicals that cause bipolar disorder
BoardPrep Recovery Center® and Dual Diagnosis
At BoardPrep Recovery Center®, we understand the complexities of treating someone with a dual diagnosis. If you suffer from both bipolar disorder and drug addiction, you no longer need to feel that you are living a life out of control. We are here to help you with both so you can live life on steadier ground. Contact us today at 866.796.4720.