Percodan Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

Percodan Abuse and Bipolar DisorderPercodan is a doctor-prescribed pain medication that utilizes opiate compounds to treat moderate and severe pain. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Substance abuse may trigger or prolong bipolar symptoms, and the behavioral control problems associated with mania can result in a person drinking too much.” Bipolar disorder is a neural condition that causes severe mood swings and is closely related to Percodan and other drug abuse.

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is epitomized by periods of exaggerated emotions. These periods, known as mood episodes, include the following:

  • Manic episodes – An overabundance of joy, rapid talking and delusion of grandeur
  • Depressive episodes – Extreme, debilitating depression and hopelessness
  • Mixed state – A combination of both extremes

The expression of such moods ranges from explosive outbursts to emotional fragility, and these changes often occur suddenly and without apparent cause. Manic-depressive individuals have higher rates of addiction which often stem from their efforts to do the following:

  • Balance out the mood levels
  • Cope with the depressive lows
  • Relax during the manic highs
  • Self-medicate the emotional pain

The narcotic element in Percodan alters the user’s perception of pain and creates a sense of euphoria which is one reason bipolar individuals often seek out the drug.

Drug Abuse and Mental Health

Using painkillers to even out a manic-depressive state might provide temporary euphoric relief, but it ultimately compounds the problem. Once an addiction develops, the user now faces painful withdrawal symptoms and obsessive, drug-seeking behavior. Both conditions do the following:

  • Contribute to higher suicide rates
  • Strain relationships with friends and loved ones
  • Feature similar symptoms (distress, anxiety, social withdrawal)
  • Hinder proper decision-making skills

When bipolar disorder and Percodan abuse co-occur, these issues become worse. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse shares, “Substance abuse compounds the problems of people with bipolar disorder. Individuals with this comorbidity get less benefit from their mood disorder treatment, recover more slowly from mood swings, spend more time in hospitals, and are more prone to committing suicide.” Letting bipolar disorder and drug abuse go untreated can have severe and lasting consequences.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Percodan addiction complicates any effort to treat bipolar disorder, and a serious mental health issue makes it nearly impossible to overcome addiction through basic treatment. For this reason Dual Diagnosis treatment is the most effective method for recovery. This integrated approach treats both conditions at once, addressing the individual characteristics of each while aggressively targeting the areas that overlap. This process includes the following:

  • Tapered detox to wean the patient off the narcotic painkiller
  • Mental health screenings to identify all mood disorders
  • Behavioral therapies
  • Peer group or integrated group therapy
  • Techniques to identify and avoid drug use triggers
  • Aftercare counseling and treatment

Each patient is different, and integrated rehab centers prepare a personalized plan for every individual. This ensures that patients receive the safest and most effective treatment for their unique situation. The recovery process can also include holistic therapies, recovery sponsors and ongoing stabilizing medications.

Dual Treatment for Addiction and Manic Depression

There is no need to struggle alone with addiction and bipolar disorder. Our caring staff is available 24 hours a day to help. Call our toll-free helpline anytime to ask questions about integrated treatment, substance abuse signs and mental health help. We can also check your health insurance policy for treatment benefits. Call today.