Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder that is characterized by sudden and intense shifts in mood, behavior and energy levels. Those afflicted with bipolar disorder have a higher rate of relationship problems, economic instability, and also more susceptible to developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol. One explanation for the relationship between bipolar disorder and addiction is an individual’s attempt to stabilize their mood with drugs and alcohol, or to act on serious self-destructive impulses. Substance abuse makes the symptoms of bipolar disorder worse.
SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) statistics say that about 8.9 million adults have what’s called a dual diagnosis or a “co-occurring disorder,” which means they have both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. Treating substance abuse without treating the co-occurring disorder can lead to higher rates of relapse.
Our Co-occurring program focuses on treating both trauma or PTSD and drug addiction through effective behavioral therapies and medications—aimed at long-term mental health and sobriety. We are one of the only drug rehab centers in South Florida with full-time licensed professionals formally trained to effectively treat individuals suffering from both a co-occurring disorder and substance use disorder.
We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.