Bipolar disorders are often self-medicated by individuals who do not understand their own condition. Pot, alcohol, cocaine, and in most cases, opiates, are used to self-regulate the body’s flux of moods. Before long the individual has two conditions to deal with. When this happens it is called: Co-Occurring Disorder, or “COD”. Co-Occurring Disorder is very difficult to treat and much harder to live with. The individuals must be treated for the bipolar disorders, but depending on the substance being abused the options for how to treat their bipolar condition can be limited. If you have lived a life of up and down episodes and turned to drugs or alcohol as a method of dealing with your internal emotional roller coaster you may now very well be suffering from a dual diagnosis that needs immediate medical treatment.
If this sounds like you, seek help today. All addiction is progressive and the nature of bipolar disorder will make it difficult for you to overcome that addiction. Group therapy will work only as long as you are in the manic stage. This is why you require more than a simple walk in to a support group to get past this condition and into recovery. You require true treatment. There are so many options available to you that you may not have even considered. Should money be a concern, understand now that there are free programs, scholarship programs, and even financial assistance for medical treatment. Don’t think that you are limited by your financial options.
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