Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Some studies have found that approximately half of those that are diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggle with substance abuse as well. The chaos and flood of overwhelming feelings associated with rapid cycling can cause individuals to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Bipolar is characterized by manic highs and periods of extreme lows. An individual in the middle of a manic episode will act out impulsively and irrationally. They may participate in high risk behaviors, such as drug use. During this “high” they may think they are doing great, unaware of the dangerous situations they put themselves in. Manic episodes are often followed by periods of crushing depression. The depressive symptoms often include feelings of worthlessness and regret and loss of energy and enjoyment in activities.

Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder and the behaviors of active addiction are so similar, one disorder can often mask the other, making it difficult to diagnosis. If an individual has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but continues to abuse drugs and alcohol, any treatment, including medication, they receive for their mental illness cannot be fully effective.

Dual diagnosis treatment refers to the process of treating both disorders alongside each other. Until the substance abuse issue is addressed, a proper diagnosis cannot be made. A rehab center that specializes in dual diagnosis treatment offers clients a combination of therapeutic and psychiatric services with a strong focus on recovery. Relapse prevention groups place a strong emphasis on the way both illnesses can exacerbate one another and how to focus on recovering from both. For example, an individual can go to 12 Step meetings, get a sponsor and begin working the steps, but if he or she does not take the steps to treat their bipolar disorder, such as get on the correct medication and meet regularly with a psychiatrist, they made find themselves susceptible to relapse.

There is a Solution can help you or your loved one get help. We specialize in finding the proper level and type of care for your specific needs. We work with a large network of detox centers, outpatient clinics, residential treatment facilities, dual diagnosis treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs and sober living residences. We can help you find a recovery program that accepts your insurance or can provide an affordable financial option. To speak with someone today, call 1-800-832-5250. Our caring staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions.

Drunk Driving and the Super Bowl

“Fans don’t let fans drive drunk” is the slogan for the campaign against drunk driving during the Super Bowl. According to ABC news, the number of incidents of drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday is up there with the number of incidents on New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day, and drunk driving fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday are the second highest of the year after New Year’s Eve. Anticipating this trend, law enforcement plans accordingly with an increase amount of officers patrolling and numerous drunk driving check points set up. Having a designated driving can be the difference between a fun time and a DUI—or worse.

 

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, there a several steps you can take to help keep your guests safe. The following are several ways to prevent drunk driving after the Super Bowl:

 

  • Include party games (that do not revolve around alcohol) to take the focus off drinking
  • Serve non-alcoholic party drinks named after the teams playing
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter
  • Don’t hesitate to step in if someone is attempting to drive home drunk. It may be uncomfortable and they may try to argue with you, but they will thank you in the morning.  Remember, you can be held legally responsible if someone you serve gets into an accident. That means you can be sued or prosecuted if someone leaves your party drunk and gets into an accident. Be safe and have the numbers of several taxi cab companies ready.

 

Drinking to intoxication can be a symptom of a more serious issue. If you are concerned that someone you love may an alcohol problem, it is important to act. A person struggling with alcohol abuse issues are more likely to get worse—not better—if left alone. Alcoholism is recognized as a disease by medical professionals, meaning that a person who is an alcoholic cannot just “get it together” or “learn to control their drinking.” They are suffering from a physical, mental and spiritual illness that causes them to react differently to alcohol.

 

There is a Solution is a free drug and alcohol placement service. If you suspect that you or a loved one has a substance abuse problem, call us today at 1-800-832-5250. Our caring, experienced staff can help you determine if treatment is necessary and what level of care would be best. Don’t wait until alcohol takes everything from you—seek help today.

 

Alcohol Detox in Florida

What is Alcohol Detox?

Alcoholism is recognized by medical professionals as a chronic and progressive illness characterized by excessive drinking. Severe alcoholism can result in a physical dependency to alcohol. Heavy, daily drinking reduces the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. When you abruptly stop drinking, this activity is no longer suppressed in the same manner and creates a rebound effect known as “hyper-excitability” that is responsible for many of the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. These symptoms can include:

  • Confusion and agitation
  • Fever
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Shakes/tremors
  • Seizures

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can also be milder:

  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

If within several hours of your last drink, you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you seek professional help immediately.

Alcohol detox in Florida involves around the clock supervision by a team of medical professionals. This is to ensure that clients remain safe and as comfortable as possible. Often times, benzodiazepines are used during the alcohol detox process. The treatment team assesses each individual client’s vital signs and psychological state in order to determine the best approach to treatment.

However, it is important to also recognize that you can still be an alcoholic even if you have not gotten to the point of physical dependency. Alcoholism is a physical, mental and spiritual disease. It can be be just as devastating mentally and emotionally as it is physically. Consequences stemming from alcoholic drinking can include lost jobs, damaged relationships, severe depression and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Alcohol detoxes in Florida provide extensive therapeutic care that can allow you to start healing emotionally as well as physically. Relying on a combination of therapies and treatment models that have been shown through research to effectively help men and women achieve long-term sobriety, licensed therapist and certified addictions counselors help clients lay the groundwork for recovery. Discharge planners are responsible for developing an individualized treatment plan for each client to prepare them for the next stage of their recovery, whether this includes inpatient treatment, an outpatient program or sober living.

There is a Solution a free drug and alcohol detox placement service. We specialize in working with people to find them affordable treatment that addresses their recovery needs.

To learn more about the different services offered by There is a Solution, contact us by calling 1-800-832-5250. Our caring, professional staff is available 24/7 to answer your calls. Don’t wait, make the call for you or a loved one today.

Is My Husband an Alcoholic? Signs Your Husband May Have a Drinking Problem

 

 

Alcoholism is a devastating illness that affects not just the individual, but the friends and family as well. You don’t have to lose everything to be an alcoholic. Your husband may never have lost a job because of his drinking. He may have never been arrested or gotten a DUI. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t an alcoholic (and it could mean that these things just haven’t happened yet).

 

The following are 5 signs your husband may be an alcoholic:

  • He hides how much he drinks

Does your husband lie about how much he drinks? Does he try to sneak drinks? Have you ever found bottles of liquor hidden around the house?

  • He acts like a different person when he drinks

When your husband drinks, is it like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? This is especially cause for concern if your husband becomes aggressive or violent when he drinks.

  • He goes on benders

While daily drinking is a sign of alcoholism, a person does not have to be a daily drinker to be an alcoholic. Your husband may not drink for days or even weeks at a time. It is not necessarily about how much a person drinks, but what happens to a person when he drinks. If when your husband does drinks, he goes on benders and disappears for hours or days it is a sign that he is an alcoholic.

  • He becomes defensive when questioned about his drinking

Does he become overly defensive or angry when you bring up his drinking? If he shuts you out every time you try to discuss his drinking with him, this could be sign that he too is aware that there is a problem, but that he is not ready to deal with it yet.

  • He is experiencing physical consequences as a result of his drinking

Prolonged alcohol abuse can cause serious medical issues. Alcoholism is linked to a number of diseases—it can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver failure and cancer. However, there are also subtler signs such as fatigue, stomach problems, regular hangovers and impotence.

There is a Solution is a free service that finds help for those who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.  We can help you and your family begin the process of recovery together. While it may seem like the alcoholic is the only one that needs help because he or she is one with the disease, the truth is that alcoholism is a family illness. We strongly encourage and recommend that family members take advantage of family programs offered in treatment—both for their sake and the sake of their loved one.

If you are concerned that your husband is an alcoholic, you are not alone. Call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.