Chapters Capistrano Urges Addiction Recovery for Bipolar Disorder Patients to Reduce Suicide Risk

New research reveals substance abuse in bipolar disorder patients increases suicide risk; addiction recovery center Chapters Capistrano discusses value of dual diagnosis.

As a comprehensive detox and addiction recovery center, Chapters Capistrano is one facility that has maintained a strong stance on improving awareness of mental health and addiction issues—particularly when the two are experienced simultaneously. In addition to previous reports connecting mental health conditions with substance abuse risk, Chapters Capistrano points to new research offering evidence that those experiencing bipolar disorder and addiction concurrently may face greater threats of suicidal behaviors.

Chapters Capistrano points to a recent medwireNews report that observes the findings of University of Milano-Bicocca researchers who assessed “data from 29 studies comprising 31,294 individuals with bipolar disorder, 6,308 (20.1 percent) of whom had attempted suicide.” The researchers found a strong connection that bipolar disorder and substance abuse increases risk of self-harm. Specifically, “Patients with bipolar disorder and comorbid alcohol and substance use disorders are twice as likely to attempt suicide as those without such comorbidity.”

While the history of research on this particular topic is rich, the Chapters Capistrano team highlights new evidence pinpointed in the article that even those with bipolar disorder who use marijuana regularly can experience greater risk of suicide. The article explains, “Pooling the data from these studies indicated that lifetime cannabis use was associated with a 1.44-fold increased likelihood of suicide attempts.”

Mike Shea, founder of Chapters Capistrano, responds, “The ongoing research on the topic of mental health and substance abuse is critical to better understanding how the two conditions relate and how we can better treat them. The closer examination of existing data is important, as it suggests that those who struggle with bipolar disorder should never put themselves at risk by engaging in substance abuse—even if they believe activities, such as smoking marijuana, are harmless.”

Shea also notes that many individuals who engage in substance abuse and suffer from addiction may not be aware of the presence of bipolar disorder and its risk. He states, “Sometimes it takes a person to recognize the dangers of addiction before they can also address mental health circumstances—particularly in younger adults who may be developing symptoms of bipolar disorder in their 20s.”

Whether a person recognizes signs of bipolar disorder or addiction first, Chapters Capistrano urges all individuals to seek medical attention and to seek out comprehensive rehabilitation. Shea adds, “Bipolar disorder can be the catalyst for self-destructive behaviors; addiction to drugs or alcohol can increase self-harm dangers, such as overdose.”

Offering on-site detox and flexible treatment options, the Chapters Capistrano team takes care to assess and address potential mental health concerns that may be compounding addiction struggles. Those who are interested in dual diagnosis therapy options and other addiction recovery approaches offered by this trusted facility are encouraged to call (888) 375-2564 for more information.


Chapters Capistrano is a comprehensive addiction recovery treatment center located along the beautiful, refreshing coast of Southern California. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact Chapters Capistrano today at (888) 375-2564. 

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