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Understanding the Connection: Addiction and Bipolar Disorder

Are you or a loved one struggling with addiction while also dealing with bipolar disorder? You’re not alone. This article will provide you with valuable insights into the relationship between addiction and bipolar disorder, the symptoms to watch out for, and the importance of seeking professional help. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we are here to support you on your journey to recovery. Contact us at 949.258.7580 for immediate assistance.

The Complex Interplay

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings. These mood swings can range from manic highs to depressive lows. When combined with addiction, the situation becomes even more challenging to manage. Here’s why:

  • Self-Medication: Individuals with bipolar disorder may turn to drugs or alcohol to alleviate the extreme emotional states they experience.
  • Impulsivity: The impulsive behavior often associated with bipolar disorder can lead to risky substance use and addiction.

Identifying the Symptoms

It’s essential to recognize the signs of both bipolar disorder and addiction to seek the appropriate treatment. Here are some common symptoms:

  • Bipolar Disorder Symptoms:
  • Intense mood swings
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Grandiose thoughts
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased energy
  • Irritability
  • Addiction Symptoms:
  • Craving the substance
  • Loss of control
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Failed attempts to quit

Seeking Professional Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction and bipolar disorder, it’s crucial to seek professional help. Our experienced team at Buckeye Recovery Network specializes in dual diagnosis treatment, addressing both addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. We provide:

  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Tailored to your unique needs.
  • Therapeutic Support: Evidence-based therapies to address both conditions.
  • 24/7 Assistance: We’re here when you need us the most.
  • Compassionate Care: Our team understands the challenges you face.

Find Hope and Recovery

Recovery is possible, even when facing the complexities of addiction and bipolar disorder. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we are committed to helping you find hope and healing. Reach out to us today at 949.258.7580 to take the first step towards a brighter future.


Yes, bipolar disorder can increase the risk of addiction due to impulsive behavior and self-medication.

Dual diagnosis treatment is a specialized approach that addresses both addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders like bipolar disorder.

Support your loved one by encouraging them to seek professional help and offering emotional support throughout their recovery journey.

Yes, recovery is possible with the right treatment, support, and dedication to the healing process.

You can reach out to us at any time by calling 949.258.7580. Our compassionate team is here to assist you or your loved one on the path to recovery.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.