While most people experience ups and down, alcohol and drugs use can mimic the mood disorder described as bipolar disorder. For those who suffer from bipolar disorder, they will have extreme emotions ranging from elation and euphoria, to extreme depression and hopelessness, over a period of time.
The impact can be most detrimental on relationships and work. During alcohol and drug use it is difficult to determine whether someone has this disorder due to the effects of the substances on mood and behavior. A thorough psychiatric evaluation is recommended to receive the most effective medication to moderate moods.
Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP’s) provide two options:
Treatment for addiction and these co-occurring disorders leads to improved physical health, increased enjoyment and an overall healthier lifestyle.