Bipolar disorders are a psychiatric diagnosis signified by episodes of elevated mood or energy levels falling into episodes of depression or anxiety. Bipolar disorders can be an exhausting illness to deal with and many individuals create harmful mechanisms and/or self-medicate in order to deal with the effects of this condition. Many people suffering with bipolar disorder are also alcoholics and drug addictions. The sedative nature of alcoholism creates a soothing experience for the individual. All too quickly, however, the individual will find that not only are they still suffering the effects of bipolar, but are also struggling with alcohol addiction. This is called: Co-Occurring Disorder, or “COD”.
It is difficult enough to have to deal with bipolar disorders but to have the burden of alcoholism is almost too much for anyone. Luckily, you don’t have to battle uphill alone. There is help out there. Treatment programs, support groups, medical facilities, and specialized counseling can help you not only stabilize your bipolar condition but help you recover from the disease of alcoholism.
If you have questions regarding treatment options, or even need a compassionate voice on the other end of the phone to help guide you, our helpline is available 24 hours a day for individuals ready to take that first step towards freedom and for their families seeking assistance: Call us on (800) 444-1014