Dating a bipolar drug addict
Not manic and not depressed, but a functioning hypomanic. It has been a vicious cycle for me: hard drugs, sober, extreme exercising, prescription pills, food, planning/scheduling, puking, drinking wine, traveling, shopping, taking pictures, I can even obsess over the Internet, now it's Mafia Wars on tagged and caffeine. Each "thing" lasts from a couple days to months until i get bored with it and wait to find something new.
I heard the same from my clients who have Dual diagnosis with Bipolar and Addiction.
You may feel like if you love them enough or help them in the right way, then you can stay in the good times forever.
Unfortunately, while you can encourage someone you love to get help, actually conquering addiction is entirely up to them. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain, and managing it well requires professional treatment, and a lifelong dedication to recovery.
The addict’s brain has been trained to prioritize substance use over everything else in life, even in the face of negative consequences that are a direct result of drug or alcohol use.
Drugs and alcohol tap into the brain’s communication system and manipulate it into creating unnaturally intense states of being, such as euphoria, extreme calm, or high energy that persists without food or sleep.
As a result, the addict no longer experiences the same high from drinking or using, and is unable to even feel normal without drugs or alcohol.
Their brain function has been altered, causing a state of low mood and energy that reinforces the drug-seeking behavior their brain has already been trained to encourage.
Does someone who’s life is out of control really have the capacity to care about you the way you need and deserve?
Addicts have a way of overwhelming you with the intensity of their desire and affection, then turn on a dime and start holding back, becoming distant and unreachable.
You are kept continually off guard, feeling the good times all the more deeply in contrast to the bad times.
How can you tell if someone truly cares about you when their life is ruled by an addiction to drugs or alcohol?
Dating someone with an addiction can be damaging to your wellbeing in a number of profound ways, and you should give serious thought to ending the relationship, both for your sake and theirs.