Christian Drug Rehab

Bi-Polar Disorder Treatment

Christian Treatment for Bi-polar Disorder

Everyone experiences mood swings in life, but for those with bi-polar disorder, these ups and downs take on larger proportions. Extended periods of euphoria alternate with lethargy and depression. Once known as manic depression, this mental disorder frequently co-occurs with substance abuse and requires dual diagnosis treatment. For Christians in drug and alcohol rehab, bi-polar disorder can contribute to feelings of hopelessness and spiritual abandonment.

Causal Factors and Diagnosis

There is no clear cause for bi-polar disorder, although there is strong evidence of a genetic link. Substance abuse is also thought to be a factor, although its role is not clear. Scientists have detected chemical imbalances in the brains of bi-polar individuals, and the use of drugs may have triggered this imbalance. On the other hand, individuals with the undiagnosed disorder may self-medicate with addictive drugs and alcohol to relieve bipolar symptoms like insomnia and anxiety, or to numb the pain of feeling separated from God. The manic or high-energy phase of bi-polar disorder is marked by: • Agitation & distraction • Impulsive or reckless behavior • Poor judgment • Need for little sleep Characteristics of the depressive phase include: • Lack of energy • Sleep disruption • Apathy, helplessness & hopelessness • Risk of suicide & substance abuse Diagnosing the condition is difficult, especially when it is coupled with drug or alcohol abuse since the characteristic mood swings may be attributed to drugs or alcohol. In addition to the comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment that is a part of our dual diagnosis treatment, our Christian rehab specialists also check for indicators in family history and analyze the onset and frequency of mood swings in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

Treating Bi-polar Disorder and Restoring Spiritual Health

At our faith-based alcohol and drug rehab center, we know that for the most effective results, bi-polar disorder, substance abuse, and spiritual isolation must all be treated at the same time. Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, the symptoms of the condition can be successfully managed with non-addictive mood stabilizing medications and therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to retrain the brain. In addition, supportive therapies and pastoral counseling help our bipolar clients to: • Find healthy ways to channel energy • Stay focused on goals & everyday tasks • Repair damaged relationships with family, friends & God • Restore their bodies with good nutrition & exercise • Heal their spirits through prayer & the certain knowledge of God’s abiding love At Christians Drug Rehab, we know that treatment for a co-occurring mental condition like bipolar disorder is essential for successful rehab. We also know that therapy and medicine are not enough to heal the spiritual void that often accompanies substance abuse and mental illness. At our CA drug rehab center, we treat the whole person—body, mind, and spirit—with compassionate, faith-based support and the healing teachings of Jesus Christ. Call 866-434-1330
Paul Alexander is the founder of LINKS Christian Drug Rehab Program, the Christian tract of Northbound Treatment. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law, and Society, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of California, Irvine, and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. Paul received his Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist training at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Service Award in 2002. He believes wholeheartedly in Christian programming that incorporates evidence-based treatment with spiritual teachings as the cornerstone in program structure.