Bipolar and Addiction

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

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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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VIDEO: 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—co-occurring disorders—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

While substance addiction such as nicotine may be common with bipolar disorder, here are some simple strategies that will 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....

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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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Sober Consideration: Bipolar, Alcohol & the Decision to Drink

Donna Jackel
July 9, 2017

The standard advice about drinking when you have bipolar is to avoid alcohol altogether. Is moderate drinking ever a good idea? Some things to ponder. By Donna Jackel   You walk into a social gathering and see that most of the guests have a drink in hand. So you grab a beer, too—maybe to calm...

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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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The Parent’s Perspective: Learning to Let Go.

Julie Joyce
March 21, 2016

If there is one thing I have learned about this illness it’s that it is very unpredictable. Watching your loved one suffer and not being able to help them is one of the toughest challenges I have ever faced. Let’s face it. There is nothing I wouldn’t do to make my son better, but the...

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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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