Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, are closely linked to substance abuse disorders [1]. When a mental health disorder exists alongside a substance abuse disorder, this is known as a comorbid disorder or a dual diagnosis. Treading dual diagnosis disorders requires an expert approach for effective solutions. At Excel Behavioral Health, we offer the right treatments for these challenges.

Some people have found help in the form of TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). Though this treatment is not for everyone, we encourage potential patients to explore all options and read up about TMS.

Bipolar Disorder and Painkiller Addiction

Many people choose to self-medicate their bipolar disorder with drugs that they believe will stabilize their mood. This can be alcohol, painkillers, or other drugs that elevate mood. Because bipolar disorder is characterized by major mood changes [2], many bipolar patients attempt to self-medicate these extremes with drugs or alcohol. Painkillers are common opioids that are often abused by bipolar patients, but opioids, alcohol, and other drugs cannot successfully treat bipolar disorder. Substance abuse and addiction will only worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. A dual diagnosis treatment center can help treat these conditions.

Treating Dual Diagnosis Disorders

At Excel Behavioral Health, we offer effective treatments for painkiller addiction and bipolar disorder. Our dual diagnosis treatment center takes a personalized approach to treating these conditions, giving patients the tools that they need to get healthy. Treatments include transcranial magnetic stimulation, psychiatric care, and individualized therapy. Detox is also an important step in treating the dual diagnosis of addiction and bipolar disorder, as detox allows the patient to break free from the physical components of their addiction.

Successful treatment of comorbid disorders must focus on addressing all aspects of the diagnosis. This includes treatment of the addiction, and treatment of the mental illness. Our treatment professionals at Excel Behavioral Health can address all aspects of dual diagnosis disorders at our dual diagnosis treatment center. Contact us today to find help for yourself or a loved one.



1- NCBI, Mood Disorders and Substance Use Disorder

2- NCBI, Large-Scale Genome-Wide Association Analysis of Bipolar Disorder

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