Bipolar and Addiction

Articles and blog posts relating to addiction as a symptom of bipolar disorder. Bipolar Support for Addiction and Substance Abuse

Blogs and Articles

The Emotional Art of Derek Hess

bp Magazine
April 5, 2019

Internationally known visual artist Derek Hess uses his personal struggle with bipolar and alcoholism to creatively express the raw intensity of the human experience. If ever there were a way to tap into the human psyche and lay it bare for all to see, celebrated visual artist Derek Hess has found the key. Indeed, the...

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Bipolar and Succeeding in STOPPING Hard to Break Habits

Allison Strong
March 21, 2018

Binge eating, abusing drugs, smoking—there are many behaviors to deal with bipolar disorder symptoms that can lead to bad habits. But you can learn to break them.   From the time I was a young girl, I engaged in compulsive behaviors to balance out my undiagnosed, untreated bipolar disorder. I started with comfort food, then...

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Dealing with a Dual Diagnosis: How to Break the Cycle

Brooke Hilton
February 6, 2018

While it may require difficult life adjustments, getting help for both bipolar disorder and substance abuse—dual diagnosis—could save your life.   Today, I will be speaking about my bipolar and substance abuse disorders, commonly referred to as dual diagnosis. But, I like to refer to myself as a “double winner.” According to the 2016 National...

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Bipolar & Health: 6 Tricks to Overcoming Addiction

bp Magazine
September 11, 2017

Substance addiction such as nicotine may be common with bipolar disorder, so here are some simple strategies to improve your likelihood of success: #1 Make the commitment There’s an enormous difference between wanting and thinking about quitting smoking and making the decision to quit. Things open up when you make that real commitment. One way...

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Bipolar & Animals: How Horses Help Addiction Recovery

bp Magazine
July 26, 2017

Equine psychotherapy can be an important step in the addiction recovery process; here’s why:   Learning valuable lessons According to The Ranch in Tennessee, which runs a unique equine-assisted therapy program where people are able to bond with the horse and learn valuable lessons about respect, empathy and communication that helps them in their recovery. “Equine-assisted therapy is...

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Bipolar Disorder & Substance Abuse

Karl Shallowhorn
February 15, 2017

Substance abuse and bipolar disorder are more complicated combined than either condition alone—but treatment is available, and recovery is possible.   There are a few things to consider when it comes to substance abuse and bipolar disorder. I’m a person in long-term recovery from addiction. I’ve been clean for about 29 years. But before then...

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Maintaining a High Functioning Lifestyle with Bipolar Disorder

Karl Shallowhorn
November 21, 2016

Living with bipolar can be very challenging but it is possible to develop the tools to maintain a high-functioning lifestyle. By Karl Shallowhorn   Hi, this is Karl Shallowhorn with BP magazine’s bphope Vlog. Today I’m going to be talking about maintaining a high functioning lifestyle and living with bipolar. So, you know for many...

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Bipolar & Gracefully Accepting Constructive Criticisms

Stephen Propst
January 26, 2016

Gracefully accepting criticism is difficult for anyone, let alone when you are battling bipolar disorder. By Stephen Propst   Having written this bp Magazine column for more than a decade, I’ve received lots of feedback. While I’m touched by the positive comments, I’m also grateful for the criticisms. After speaking at a mental health conference a while back,...

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Back Chat: Marya Hornbacher

bp Magazine
January 26, 2016

Writer Marya Hornbacher shares some what she’s been working on recently, as well as her recovery progress   With her unflinching, groundbreaking memoir Wasted, 23-year-old Marya Hornbacher became a voice for young women with eating disorders. Ten years later, in 2008, she touched a whole new community with Madness: A Bipolar Life. Grappling with substance...

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Raising Awareness of Drinking Habits and the Potential Pitfalls of Over-Consumption

Anelli Xavier
December 15, 2015

December is National Driving Impaired Prevention Month. With this in mind, this is the time of year where we should give thanks for all we have, spend quality time with friends and family, and help others—the poor, people with disabilities, or just someone that needs a little pick-me-up. What we should not do is drive...

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Impaired Driving Prevention Month & Effects of Alcohol on Mental Health

Anelli Xavier
December 8, 2015

1. Background Injuries and fatalities from accidents involving impaired drivers have steadily increased over the years and have become a serious issue in the United States. In 2013 alone 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving accidents.[1] In other words, in 2013 someone in the United States died every fifty-one minutes as a result of...

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Bipolar Mental Health Advocate Video

A Stream of Consciousness

Karl Shallowhorn
November 6, 2015

  I’ve been blogging for BP for almost 3 ½ years. And while my posts have always had a theme, this week is a little different. It’s more of a stream of consciousness. So here I go. It can be quite difficult to manage the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, sleep issues, racing thoughts, impulsivity, depression....

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Bipolar & My Struggle with Alcohol Dependence

Jessica Kaushik
November 4, 2015

To paraphrase Frida Kahlo: “l tried to drown my isolation in alcohol but the bastards learned to swim”… If you follow ME at www.beingbipolarisntyeasy.com or even here, you are fully aware that I have been struggling these last few years in Macau, China. I gather, feeling alone, disconnected from my husband as a young mother...

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Ask The Doctor: Dual Diagnosis— Bipolar & Recovery From Substance Abuse

Melvin G McInnis
April 1, 2015

Co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness is more complicated than either condition alone—but treatment is readily available, and recovery is absolutely possible. By Melvin G. McInnis, MD   A “dual diagnosis” means having two disorders diagnosed at the same time. It could be any two diagnoses, but typically it refers to the co-occurrence of a...

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The Mask of Bipolar & Addiction

Chato Stewart
March 11, 2015

    The Bipolar Mask hides Addiction well doesn’t it? Drug, Alcohol, Gambling, even sex addiction are all that next quick high – next fix – next shot, score… Let take a second and reflect on some of the more coloreful SoundOff Comment from Soundoff   Question: Many persons struggle not only with bipolar disorder, but...

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard: Man With A Message

Elizabeth Forbes
July 1, 2014

Maurice Benard sees his new movie project as another way to raise awareness and reach out to others with bipolar. By Elizabeth Forbes, bp Magazine editor   When it comes to bipolar on the screen, actor Maurice Benard is in a unique position. He plays a TV character with bipolar disorder—and was himself diagnosed with...

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Repairing Old Relationships and Building Healthier, New Ones

Karl Shallowhorn
August 2, 2013

Having supportive friends and family as well as a structured regimen can help create a successful recovery. By Karl Shallowhorn   There’s nothing like knowing there’s someone you can go to when the going gets tough. Relationships are like guideposts along the road to recovery; they can help you stay on track whenever you start to feel like you’re losing...

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Living With Bipolar: Recovery Starts With Hope

Karl Shallowhorn
April 1, 2012

Embrace hope and look beyond your hopeless state to see how far your recovery has taken you. By Karl Shallowhorn   Having lived with bipolar disorder for the past 30 years I know what it’s like to be without hope. I recall many days when I was consumed with an overwhelming sense of dread and...

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Patrick Kennedy & His Road To Recovery

John Mulligan
October 7, 2011

The veteran politician quit Congress, found true love and launched a new campaign for mental health. By John Mulligan   More than 11 years ago, then-Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy disclosed his bipolar disorder diagnosis to constituents in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Sharing the stage with Tipper Gore, a mental health advocate and wife of the sitting...

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SoundOFF!: Bipolar & Substance Abuse

BP Readers
November 1, 2009

Many persons struggle not only with bipolar disorder, but with the secondary issue of substance abuse—alcohol, drugs or both. If you are someone who has been able to overcome substance abuse, can you share some helpful words of advice with bp readers?   I’ve been living with bipolar for most of my life. I began...

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