Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a type of mood disorder, previously known as manic-depressive illness, which causes shifts in energy, mood, and activity levels. Individuals with bipolar disorder often struggle with addiction to prescription medications, complicating their condition even more. BRC Healthcare understands the challenges of managing both bipolar disorder and addiction. Through personalized treatment plans featuring evidence-based care, we’re able to help clients learn how to manage their symptoms and build a healthier, happier life.
Understanding Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition that affects the brain’s regulation of moods. It is characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels, known as episodes. There are two main types of episodes: depressive and manic. During depressive periods, the individual may feel sad, hopeless, and have low energy levels. During manic periods, the individual may feel euphoric, energetic, and experience racing thoughts. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but it can be managed with proper treatment. Bipolar disorder symptoms can vary from person to person, and each episode can be different. However, some common symptoms of depression include:
- Low mood
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Suicidal thoughts
- Excessive cheerfulness
- Racing thoughts
- Risky behavior
Bipolar Disorder and Addiction
Those who struggle with bipolar disorder are at a higher risk of developing addiction, particularly to prescription medications used to treat their symptoms. Often, they may self-medicate to alleviate the side effects of their prescribed medication or to manage the symptoms of their condition. Unfortunately, addiction can worsen the condition’s severity and even lead to life-threatening complications.
Our Approach to Bipolar Disorder Treatment
At BRC Healthcare, we offer an evidence-based bipolar disorder treatment program to address both the underlying condition and addiction. Our program comprises evidence-based therapies, counseling, and medication management, customized to the individual’s needs. We understand the importance of a personalized approach and provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to address their concerns and overcome their condition.
Our program involves a range of therapies, including:
- Group therapy – Talking with peers in a safe, supportive setting
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Working to identify and modify negative thought patterns
- Dialectical behavior therapy – Focusing on mindfulness, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness
- Trauma treatment – Addressing traumatic experiences and emotions
- Motivational interviewing – Helping individuals explore their feelings and find motivation to change
Throughout treatment, our multidisciplinary team works closely with the individual to set goals and determine the best individualized treatment plan. Our goal is for clients to leave equipped with the skills they need to manage symptoms and remain in recovery long-term.
Reach Out to BRC Healthcare Today
Bipolar disorder can be overwhelming if left untreated. It affects not only the individual but also their family, friends, and community. However, with the help of a professional, it can be managed, and individuals can regain their lives. At BRC Healthcare, we are committed to helping our clients achieve long-term recovery from bipolar disorder and addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar disorder and addiction, reach out to our team today. We are here to support you through every step of your journey toward recovery.