It happened once more. I am now in a closed clinic since a few days
For Psychiatry and Addiction.
Bipolar and alcohol in my case.
The older term for bipolar is maniac depressive, the 2 poles of high and low.
I will stay here for 4 weeks at least.
The idea for me is to get calm again and drink less or no alcohol.
In this way the relationship with my two sons should improve.
The treatment is done by a team of 26 specialists that rotate in shifts 24 hours per day.
I am with 12 patients in all.
We each have separate bedrooms, some showers, toilets, a community room.
We can watch television – a very advanced and large model with many channels.
But we only have 1 computer.
Most important for me is to arrive at a daily structure and to give meaning to my life again.
Set goals and small steps.
Bipolar people (with addiction) should be in a clinic to get well again.
You cant get well without medication.
They need special medication and therapy to keep them distracted and give them something to do.
After mania, all too often, depression steps in when you feel like a Zombie and want to do nothing. In contrast, mania gives you high energy and you will need little sleep.
Bipolar destructs your life and daily structure.