Symptoms of bipolar disorder vary as the individual moves through periods of extreme highs and lows.
Symptoms of Mania in Bipolar Disorder
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), defines mania as at least a week when people with bipolar disorder experience:
- Extreme high mood
- Elevated energy
- Sleeping less than usual
- Difficulty concentrating
- Faster speech
- Racing thoughts
- Risky behavior
- Increased activity
Hypomania occurs when these symptoms are present for at least 4 days. A manic episode interferes with daily function, while a hypomanic episode tends to be less disruptive.
Depressive Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder
During major depressive episodes, people with bipolar disorder have at least five of these symptoms for at least 2 weeks:
- Despair or profound sadness
- Loss of interest in hobbies, events, and activities
- Suicidal thoughts
- Trouble concentrating
- Slow movement or speech
- Sleep or appetite changes
- Feeling guilty or worthless
Why Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Often Co-Occur
Like other mental health conditions, bipolar disorder commonly occurs along with substance abuse disorders. It’s one of the most common mental health issues to occur as a dual diagnosis with alcohol or drug abuse. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 30% to 50% of people with bipolar disorder experience substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives. Psychiatric Times reports that 42% of people with bipolar disorder experience alcohol abuse, and 20% develop cannabis use disorder. Researchers aren’t sure why this occurs, but some studies suggest a genetic link between substance abuse and mood disorders. Other research indicates that these mental health conditions may share a neurobiological pathway. People who have bipolar may also be more likely to use substances to reduce the impact of symptoms.
Comprehensive Addiction and Bipolar Disorder Treatment
Co-occurring substance use disorder and mental health diagnosis require a comprehensive, personalized approach, particularly for people with bipolar disorder. In addition to the higher rate of drug and alcohol abuse, this group has a higher risk of suicide and overdose. Substance abuse can also worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder, extend the length of depressive episodes, and make it difficult to stick to the recommended treatment plan from your behavioral health care team.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, evidence-based therapies for bipolar disorder treatment include mood-stabilizing medication management and talk therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy. Family-focused therapy and support group therapy can help the person learn healthy coping skills for symptoms of bipolar disorder and substance abuse.
Ranch Creek Recovery functions as a comprehensive bipolar disorder and addiction treatment center. Our treatment team has extensive training and experience caring for patients with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse, including dual diagnosis involving bipolar disorder.
Your experience at our California rehab center starts with detox from drugs and alcohol. Medical supervision allows you to safely discontinue substance abuse and manage uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal. Undergoing detoxification in a supportive setting such as our residential treatment center or partial hospitalization program improves the likelihood of successful long-term recovery. We offer subacute detox for substance abuse in conjunction with treatment for bipolar disorder, with a holistic approach that combines evidence-based treatments and experiential therapies.
Our residential treatment center in Murrieta holds certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine and accreditation from the Joint Commission. You’ll receive the support you need during recovery from substance use disorders while receiving the intensive treatment you need to live a full, healthy life with bipolar disorder. We strive to create strong, trusting relationships with each treatment provider as you learn more about your dual diagnosis. You’ll attend sessions in dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy sessions, group therapy, and other treatment options designed to address the underlying issues of drug abuse, build a support network, and develop healthy coping skills.
You may want to consider outpatient rehab for bipolar disorder treatment and addiction if you’re not sure whether residential treatment is right for you. You may have work responsibilities or need to return home each evening to care for and spend time with your family members. Ranch Creek Recovery’s bipolar disorder treatment offered on an outpatient basis provides the same treatment types you’d receive at our residential treatment center. Some people with bipolar disorder attend outpatient rehab as part of their aftercare planning process once they graduate from an inpatient residential treatment center. You’ll meet with our treatment team three times a week, with both evening and weekend sessions available.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Research shows that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can effectively treat many mental health concerns, including mood disorders such as bipolar and substance use disorders. During this type of talk therapy, you’ll discuss your thoughts, emotions, and actions with a trained member of our treatment team. CBT helps you modify negative thought patterns and replace them with positive coping strategies. You’ll learn ways to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder without resorting to substance abuse. The professional counselors at our treatment center specialize in addressing untreated bipolar disorder with evidence-based therapies like CBT.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Individuals who experience self-harm behavior or suicidal thoughts as symptoms of bipolar disorder benefit from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We use DBT and other evidence-based substance abuse treatment methods rather than the standard 12-step programs used at most treatment centers. DBT helps you learn skills to manage substance use and bipolar disorder, such as staying in the moment through mindfulness meditation and practicing emotional regulation. Many patients who have bipolar disorder attend DBT along with other treatments like CBT, family therapy, and support groups.
Holistic Approaches for Treating Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
At Ranch Creek Recovery, we believe in holistic treatments for substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders. Our professionals design care plans that address your specific mental illness and co-occurring disorder. We’re one of the few bipolar disorder treatment centers in the Murrieta area to offer a range of holistic therapies, such as:
- Equine therapy, which involves learning to care for and ride horses
- A fitness rehabilitation program designed by trainers for your wellness goals
- Amino acid therapy can help alleviate mood swings, irritability, brain fog, and other symptoms of substance withdrawal
- Yoga provides physical and mental health benefits, including enhanced concentration, calm, and focus
- Guided meditation, which research shows can reduce cravings and build confidence for people recovering from addiction
- Gong sound therapy, a unique but time-tested approach that supports emotional healing
Trust the Expert Team at Ranch Creek Recovery’s Bipolar Disorder Treatment Center
If you’re ready to address your bipolar disorder and substance abuse, Ranch Creek Recovery provides a supportive setting to help you throughout your dual diagnosis treatment. Our professional team will conduct a thorough assessment and create an addiction and bipolar disorder treatment care plan that accounts for your health history, personal preferences, and symptom patterns. Call a counselor today at (877) 997-8931 to find out more about dual-diagnosis bipolar disorder treatment in the Murrieta area.