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Improving Treatment Outcomes for Individuals With Co-Occurring SUDs and Bipolar Disorder

From SAMHSA: To download the Advisory, click here.

Advisory: An Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Co-Occuring Substance Use Disorders

Research suggests that 30 percent to more than 50 percent of people with bipolar disorder will develop a substance use disorder (SUD) sometime during their lives. Co-occurrence can complicate diagnosis and treatment of SUDs. However, treatment for bipolar disorder and SUDs is available, and remission and recovery are possible—especially with early intervention. Learn about bipolar symptoms and screening tools, and treatment strategies for co-occurring bipolar disorder and SUDs, in this 12-page publication from SAMHSA.

This advisory gives an introduction to bipolar disorder and co-occurring substance use disorder. It discusses types of bipolar disorders along with the challenges in screening and treatments.

The Advisory is available as a pdf here.