Suffering from bipolar disorder and a substance use disorder concurrently, without treatment assistance, can be quite overwhelming. Interventions that include residential treatment or therapy provide the necessary means to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Every area of life suffers when such disorders are left untreated. Fortunately, it is possible to treat these disorders with the goal to breaking free from substance abuse and learning how to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Serenity Knolls is an addiction treatment center specifically designed for men and women to find recovery in every aspect of their lives. We apply life-saving and research-based treatment in a caring environment. Our experienced team of licensed professionals understand the difficulties associated with bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorders. We know the value of listening first and staying dedicated to the objective until results are reached. Look no longer if you are ready to let an addiction become a thing of the past. Progress is practically at your fingertips and we are here to help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a loved one who is plagued by addiction and bipolar disorder can be sincerely heart-wrenching. As a concerned family member or loving friend, perhaps you have attempted many times to help your loved one, perhaps to little or no avail. However, there are many practical steps that you can take to help your loved one advance to good health. In time and with consistency, taking such steps will likely result in optimal outcomes. For example:
- Educate yourself regarding substance use disorders and bipolar disorder, as well as how they can interact with each other.
- Develop an emergency plan with other concerned friends and family members. Decide what actions will be taken in the event of an overdose.
- Help your loved one find options for treatment, and encourage him or her to try one out.
- Offer to go with him or her on a tour of a treatment center of his or her choice. Assist him or her in making the appointment, if appropriate.
- Show consistent support by offering to go with him or her to an assessment if he or she is willing to receive treatment.
Here are some further steps that you can take even after professional treatment has commenced:
- Stay alert and attentive; do not lose contact with your loved one.
- If there are opportunities for family sessions, make it your personal responsibility to be in attendance, always.
- Share optimism by expressing positive thoughts to your loved one.
- Be encouraging with each progressive phase of treatment.
- Find out what is involved in the therapy that your loved one is engaging in, and encourage participation by your own actions and attitude.
The rate of progress varies by individual, but your quality participation can assist in positive progress in your loved one’s physical and mental state of wellbeing.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
It is crucial to seek treatment for both bipolar disorder and for a substance use disorder. Bipolar disorder can elicit both manic and depressive episodes, and the symptoms of each of these types of episodes can run the risk of pushing an individual into the abuse of substances in order to find relief from his or her distress. A person who is depressed may begin consuming harmful substances in an attempt to self-treat. Similarly, a person in the manic phase of the disorder can have a difficult time managing the impulse to abuse drugs or alcohol. Every area of life, including relationships, schooling, work, health, financial obligations, and more, are affected and tarnished by these disorders. When bipolar disorder and addiction are experienced together, they must be treated as co-occurring disorders. Thankfully, by receiving comprehensive care that is designed to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder and help individuals overcome the compulsion to use substances, such devastating consequences can be avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
Perched on a knoll in the majestic San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, Serenity Knolls is a leading provider of clinically excellent, evidenced-based chemical dependency treatment for adults over the age of 18. In addition to the comprehensive treatment that we offer for individuals who are working to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, we are also pleased to provide programming for individuals who are suffering from mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder, in addition to a substance abuse problem. Having succeeded in earning the reputation as one of the premier residential treatment centers in California, at Serenity Knolls, we are proud to have helped thousands of men and women overcome their struggles and move on towards living fulfilling and fruitful lives.
At Serenity Knolls, our primary goal is to help residents overcome the suffering they experience as a result of being dependent on drugs and/or alcohol. Yet, we also understand the profound distress that can arise when individuals are suffering from both chemical dependency and a mental health condition like bipolar disorder. As such, we strive to offer those who are entrusted into our care with the well-rounded interventions that they need in order to find true and lasting healing. By partaking in the care we offer here at Serenity Knolls, individuals can both overcome their addictions and learn to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
The multidisciplinary treatment teams that we employ here at Serenity Knolls are dedicated to devising individualized treatment plans for each man or woman who engages in our programming. Those customized plans of care may include the following interventions:
Individual therapy: Conducted by psychologists and marriage and family therapists, individual therapy sessions are an invaluable treatment intervention for individuals who are suffering from bipolar disorder and substance abuse concerns. During these one-on-one sessions, which occur on a weekly basis, men and women have the opportunity to discuss their progress in treatment, address any concerns that they have, and work towards overcoming any personal challenges that they are facing.
Individual counseling: In addition to weekly individual therapy sessions, residents at Serenity Knolls also benefit from receiving daily counseling sessions with experienced and compassionate drug and alcohol counselors. This serves as a time for residents to check-in with their counselors so that they can address any immediate concerns or crises, as well as to ensure that they are progressing positively in treatment.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are another extremely beneficial therapeutic intervention for individuals who are suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring symptoms of bipolar disorder. These sessions, which occur several times each week, provide residents with an opportunity to come together with other residents who are facing similar challenges. In this environment, individuals can give and receive support and encouragement to and from other residents. These group sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals. The various types of groups that residents may participate in during their time at Serenity Knolls can include the following:
- Process groups
- Men’s groups
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Women’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Knowing how important relationships can play an immensely significant role in the healing and recovery of individuals who are suffering from substance abuse problems and co-occurring bipolar disorder, at Serenity Knolls, we are pleased to offer couples and family counseling to all of our residents upon request.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
At Serenity Knolls, we are aware that recovery does not end with the completion of our residential treatment program, but is instead a lifetime journey. For this reason, we provide thorough discharge planning for our residents, which include discussions on potential options for continuing care. In addition to any recommendations that are provided, we are also proud to offer our residents, past and present, the lifetime benefit of being able to engage in our aftercare program, at no cost.
If you or your loved one is suffering from bipolar disorder, and is simultaneously plagued by the compulsion to abuse drugs or alcohol, please reach out to the experienced, knowledgeable, and compassionate staff at Serenity Knolls. Here, you can become the person that you deeply want to be. We can help you recover your life.