Bipolar and Addiction at 12 South Recovery

Are you or someone you know grappling with the intricate challenges posed by bipolar disorder and addiction? If so, you’re not alone, and understanding the profound connections between these two conditions is crucial for effective treatment and recovery. At 12 South Recovery, a prominent Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Center in Lake Forest, CA, we are committed to unraveling the complexities of bipolar disorder and addiction and offering comprehensive support to individuals seeking help.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

Bipolar Disorder:

  • Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that alternate between manic episodes (periods of high-energy, euphoria) and depressive episodes (intense sadness, hopelessness, low energy).
  • These mood shifts can be intense and disruptive, affecting all aspects of an individual’s life.


  • Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by a compulsive craving for substances or behaviors, despite harmful consequences.
  • Common substances of addiction include alcohol, drugs, and prescription medications, while behavioral addictions can involve activities like gambling, shopping, or gaming.

The Intricate Connection Between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

The relationship between bipolar disorder and addiction is multifaceted, with various factors contributing to their co-occurrence. Here’s an in-depth exploration of these connections:

  • Self-Medication: Individuals with bipolar disorder often turn to substances as a means of self-medication. They may use drugs or alcohol to alleviate the intense mood swings and emotional pain associated with the disorder.
  • Shared Risk Factors: Both bipolar disorder and addiction share common risk factors, such as genetic predisposition, trauma, or a family history of these conditions. These shared vulnerabilities can increase the likelihood of developing both disorders.
  • Dual Diagnosis: A significant portion of individuals facing bipolar disorder also grapple with addiction, resulting in a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. This challenging combination necessitates specialized treatment approaches.

Our Designation: Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center

At 12 South Recovery, we proudly hold the designation of being a dual diagnosis treatment center. This designation signifies our commitment to providing tailored care for individuals facing both bipolar disorder and addiction:

  • Expert Staff: Our dedicated team is highly trained and experienced in addressing the unique complexities of dual diagnosis cases.
  • Integrated Care: We offer integrated, holistic treatment plans that simultaneously target both bipolar disorder and addiction, recognizing their interplay.
  • Personalization: Each treatment plan is meticulously crafted to meet the individual needs and circumstances of our clients.

How We Can Help You

Navigating bipolar disorder and addiction is an intricate journey, but you don’t have to do it alone. At 12 South Recovery, we offer a range of specialized services to support individuals on their path to recovery:

  • Comprehensive Assessment: We begin by conducting a comprehensive assessment to gain insight into the specific needs and challenges of each person.
  • Individualized Treatment Plans: Based on the assessment findings, we create personalized treatment plans that take into account the nuances of both bipolar disorder and addiction.
  • Evidence-Based Therapies: Our treatments are rooted in evidence-based therapeutic modalities, ensuring the highest quality care.
  • Safe Environment: 12 South Recovery provides a safe, nurturing environment where individuals can focus on healing and recovery without judgment or stigma.

Call 12 South Recovery Today!

If you or someone you care about is facing the complex intersection of bipolar disorder and addiction, don’t delay seeking help. Contact 12 South Recovery today to embark on a journey towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.


Bipolar disorder can lead to addiction through self-medication and shared risk factors, as individuals seek relief from mood swings and emotional turmoil.

Our dual diagnosis treatment includes a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, support groups, and holistic approaches to address both disorders effectively.

Yes, we encourage family involvement and offer family therapy sessions to help loved ones understand and support the individual’s journey to recovery.

Holistic approaches at 12 South Recovery encompass activities like yoga, meditation, nutrition counseling, and art therapy to promote overall well-being.

Initiating the admissions process is as simple as reaching out to our team. We will guide you through the assessment and intake procedures to start your journey to recovery.

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At Twelve South Recovery, we accept most health insurance.

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