Treating Bipolar Disorder

At Retreat Behavioral Health, we have a team of specially skilled professionals who are able to help patients cope with bipolar disorder, with or without concurrent substance abuse problems. Our residential program provides the support and safety needed to help those suffering from this illness get an effective plan of treatment.

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

On occasion, Bipolar Disorder is confused with BPD, or Borderline Personality Disorder. With BPD, the same sorts of chronic highs and lows may be witnessed, but are distinguished from Bipolar Disorder due to one key factor;  the individual has a very difficult time maintaining stable relationships.

Those who suffer from Bipolar Disorder or BPD are affected by their disorders in more ways than just those presented by the associated symptoms. Both illnesses are recurrent and deviate between periods of mania and periods of deep depression. Those with Bipolar Disorder or BPD often have a very tough time living safely on their own without the use of therapeutic support and medication. They may have difficulty managing their finances, holding down jobs, and avoiding unsafe behaviors or situations. Like most disorders, however, Bipolar Disorder and BPD exist on a spectrum. Some individuals may have an easier time functioning in society than others.

Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Substance abuse and Bipolar Disorder are very closely linked. It is estimated that more than half of individuals suffering from Bipolar Disorder experience a drug or alcohol addiction in their lifetime. While there is no clear link between them, it’s thought that many people who are Bipolar use drugs or alcohol to help ease the discomfort of the symptoms of their disorder. Sleeplessness, depression, and anxiety may lead to the use of substances as a coping mechanism, which can very easily spiral into a dependence. Both illnesses are also characterized by highly self destructive behavior.

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Admitting there is a problem is often the first step to getting help. We will work to assist our patients in identifying and understanding the bipolar or BPD diagnosis, with an emphasis on building a network of support that can serve a critical role once an individual leaves our facility. This network extends beyond treatment, and our team will reach out to our alumni to offer support in their final stages of recovery.

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