The clinically redesigned and newly renovated Women’s Substance Abuse and Intimacy Disorders (SAID) Program at Right Step Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) is a fully gender-separate drug and alcohol treatment program with a shared emphasis on intimacy, trauma and relationship healing.
Bipolar disorder is the common term for a group of mental illnesses that center on unusual, dysfunctional fluctuations in normal mood. The American Psychiatric Association currently recognizes three main forms of these illnesses, as well as several secondary forms. People affected by a bipolar disorder have increased chances of developing a substance use disorder (the term used to describe problems with substance abuse or substance dependence).
Research has shown that having one form of mental illness puts a person at risk for a second form of mental illness.
A 2008 study took a narrow look at how teenage onset bipolar disorder (BPD) may predispose a young person for a substance use disorder (SUD). The research concluded that people who are diagnosed with BPD during early adolescence face a significantly higher risk for substance abuse than teens without the disorder. Those findings are not only helpful in identifying a particular risk factor, but they arm physicians with important information to share with bipolar disorder patients.