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Bipolar Disorder Counseling

Nearly 6 million adults in the U.S. suffer from bipolar disorder. Sometimes called manic depression, it is a difficult and dangerous mental disorder: many of those who struggle with it suffer symptoms for years before finding a diagnosis, and the toll of its trademark mood swings is unparalleled. Those with bipolar disorder experience drastic changes in mood and energy — manic episodes are marked by extreme positivity and hyperactivity, while depressive episodes lead to sadness, hopelessness or antisocial behavior. Episodes can be extreme and last a week or two, or they can be characterized by a change in general mood or outlook over the course of years. There is not necessarily a trigger or reason for these episodes since an uncontrollable chemical imbalance in the brain causes the mood swings. You can manage your bipolar disorder with therapy and medication.

Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Like many other mental disorders, bipolar disorder and addiction often go hand-in-hand. Due to the effects that bipolar disorder and long-term drug and alcohol abuse can both have on the brain, each issue is likely to increase your risk of the other or make symptoms worse. Using mind-altering substances can cause deeply-ingrained chemical changes in your brain over time. Addiction often occurs when these chemical changes lead to dependency on a substance, and continued use can lead to long-term or permanent damage. Developing bipolar disorder or manic-depressive symptoms is a possible effect of this.

On the other hand, the deep depressive episodes of bipolar disorder are a common reason for those suffering from the disorder to turn to drugs and alcohol. A review from the American Journal of Managed Care found that approximately 56 percent of people with bipolar disorder had been addicted to drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives. Since the symptoms of bipolar disorder can often be confused with symptoms of substance abuse, many people with bipolar disorder go undiagnosed because of their addiction.

Treating Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

The line between symptoms of bipolar disorder and addiction is blurred, which means treating a dual diagnosis can be challenging. If you think you or your loved one may be struggling with co-occurring bipolar disorder and addiction, it is important to seek a treatment facility that can provide support for both illnesses. If you know that you or your loved one has bipolar disorder and you are now seeking treatment for addiction, the staff at your treatment facility should be made aware of the diagnosis to provide the best care during your recovery. If you feel like you don’t know where to turn, remember that it’s possible to treat bipolar disorder and addiction at the same time with therapy and necessary medications. Treatment facilities with experienced mental health professionals on staff for counseling, support and medical assistance are available to you.

Bipolar Disorder Counseling at Villa Tranquil

At Villa Tranquil, we know the difficulties of a dual diagnosis. We offer women’s counseling and therapy programs for a variety of mental health concerns, including bipolar disorder. Our holistic approach means that we are committed to healing your mind, body and spirit — we are prepared to provide the resources you need to recover from your addiction and whatever else is ailing you. We believe that a healthy, happy and spiritual lifestyle can keep you on top of your addiction and mental disorder. Our expert addiction professionals are also trained mental health counselors who are qualified to help you manage your bipolar disorder. Our amenities include:

  • 24/7 support staff
  • One-on-one and group therapy
  • Transportation to offsite activities and partner facilities
  • Support groups
  • Diet and nutrition management

Contact Villa Tranquil

Villa Tranquil welcomes women ages 18 to 65 to our beautiful Jupiter Farms, Florida facility. Our private location and top-quality services provide an ideal atmosphere for recovery from the turmoil of addiction and co-occurring bipolar disorder. We are ready to offer the treatment you need to find peace in your day-to-day, substance-free life. If you or your loved one is in need of a recovery facility that can support addiction and bipolar disorder, call Villa Tranquil today at 866-697-7573.