Our expert says:
You need to see a good local psychiatrist for a full assessment and to make a realistic treatment plan. The alcoholism will need to be dealt with promptly, as its continuance is likely to mess up the treatment of the Bipolar Disorder. Alcohol will not cause the highs ( it's a depressant drug, and we only feel temporarily high because the first part of our brain function are suppresses is the intelligence / self-control functions ! ) and its more likely the other way round. A psychiatrist will be able to clarify your very valid question about diagnosis, by a comprehensive assessment. Congratulations on staying away from drink for 5 weeks so far.
A major problem in treating bipolar disorder is that some people enjoy their highs, and because when high one's judhement is seriously impaired, we remember the pleasures and not the risks and the damage that can arise during a high.
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