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What is Bipolar Disorder?

People with bipolar disorder are likely to experience mood changes that range from manic highs to depressive lows. These drastic changes can cycle quickly or slowly, depending on the person. Like other mental health conditions, bipolar disorder can make daily life difficult for sufferers, which can lead to self-medicating with drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms. Self-medicating with addictive substances is risky because it can lead to addiction, and addiction comes with its own set of problems. Instead of providing a solution, self-medicating with drugs or alcohol can worsen bipolar symptoms and create even more negative consequences. 

The best option for treating bipolar disorder and drug or alcohol addiction is through a recovery program at a reputable addiction treatment center like First Steps Recovery. Both conditions must be treated at the same time in a dual-diagnosis program for the best outcome. 

The Effects Of Bipolar Disorder
On The Mind

Individuals who suffer from bipolar disorder experience drastic mood changes that range from manic highs to depressive lows. Like many other mental health disorders, bipolar disorder has the potential to affect a person’s quality of life, which may lead them to attempt to cope through the use of drugs or alcohol. These substances may provide a degree of relief from symptoms of bipolar disorder, but this temporary relief is offset by a significant potential of developing an addiction. Additionally, substance abuse has the potential to worsen symptoms of bipolar disorder over time. The use of drugs or alcohol in place of proper treatment for mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder has the potential to be detrimental to an individual’s mental and physical health. Receiving treatment for addiction and bipolar disorder is the best way to mitigate symptoms and overcome drug dependence while getting the help required to make positive life changes. 

Getting Help With Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Here at First Steps Recovery, we’re prepared to help clients address both their substance abuse issues as well as any co-occurring mental health disorders, such as bipolar disorder. During treatment, clients will attend both traditional talk therapy and various experiential therapies, helping them to properly address their addiction and their mental health. Our on-staff medical professionals help clients to determine whether receiving the proper medication is an option for the treatment of their bipolar disorder, and our trained therapists assist clients in developing the proper tools and coping skills to help ensure relapse is not a part of their future. 

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Variety of Co-Occurring Mental Health Treatments We Offer

We treat a variety of different substance abuse and mental health issues at our facilities. Whether you find yourself or a loved one addicted to substance abuse or struggling with mental health disorders, we’re fully equipped to provide you with the help you need.

ADHD, or ADD, is a common neurodevelopmental disorder with attention and impulse control difficulties that can lead to substance abuse. Treatment with therapy and medication is crucial.

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Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of fear, worry, and apprehension that can significantly impact a person's daily life.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings, including episodes of mania (elevated mood and energy) and depression (low mood and loss of interest).

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Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest, and other emotional and physical symptoms

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Eating Disorder

An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterized by abnormal eating habits. Getting help is important to address physical and psychological health risks, improve quality of life, and promote recovery.

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Personality Disorders

Personality disorder is a mental health condition characterized by unhealthy patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating to others. Getting help is crucial to improve relationships, coping skills, and overall well-being.

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PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)/Trauma disorder is a mental healtah condition resulting from experiencing or witnessing traumatic events. Getting help is important to process trauma, reduce symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.

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Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thinking. Getting help is vital to manage symptoms, improve functioning, and enhance overall quality of life.

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Experiential Therapies & Evidence-Based Modalities in Fresno County

You’ll find we aren’t like typical addiction recovery programs here at First Steps Recovery. We have a variety of different therapies and on-site services that set us apart.

Clinical Therapies

Our detoxification program features 24-hour monitoring and professional guidance from licensed detox technicians.
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Experiential Therapies

A highly individualized treatment experience designed for lasting sobriety using evidence-bsed and holistic treatment options.
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Holistic Therapies

Our IOP offers individuals the ability to receive the high-quality, personalized level care of our rehab, but the flexibility to continue their daily lives.
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Aftercare Services

Individuals in the alumni program are invited to stay connected for meetings, events, and resources that are intended specifically for First Steps graduates.
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First Choice for Drug & Alcohol Detox in Fresno County

Learn why people choose to start their recovery at First Steps Recovery in Clovis, Fresno County.


My experience with First Steps and their entire team has not only helped me to gain sobriety but maintain it now for knots 18 months. The 24 or so days I spent there was the best thing that happened. My kids have their mom, the parents have their daughter but most importantly I have myself back!!

Dayatra L.

Amazing Experience

Amazing people. Super supportive and always there when you need them. My counselor, Amanda, makes it fun but also takes you to uncomfortable places in the best way. I recommend First Steps to anyone struggling with addiction.

Melissa B.

Above and Beyond

I attended First Steps outpatient program and was very happy with the help I received. I felt the staff genuinely cared about the health and well being of the people there. They went above and beyond to help me meet my goals and keep them.

Bruce G.

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