There are 5.7 million bipolar people in the US, and 60 percent of them are addicts, according to the Epidemiologic Catchment Area study. Co-occurring addiction is more common in bipolar people than in any other psychiatric group. We drink and use drugs to stabilize our moods or to replicate the feelings of mania.
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Conor Bezane is a music-meister and expert wordsmith who has written for MTV News, AOL and VICE. A champion of the dually diagnosed, Conor is a recovering bipolar alcoholic whose first book is titled The Bipolar Addict: Drinks, Drugs, Delirium, and Why Sober is the New Cool. It is due in 2018. You can like his Facebook author page here.