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Addiction and Mental Illness: A Deadly Combination!

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1979 when I was twenty-nine. My bipolar diagnosis predated my drug addiction by six years when in 1985—at thirty-five years old--my lust and obsession with cocaine began. That is when my bipolar disorder entwined itself with drug addiction, making me dual-diagnosed in clinical terms, leading to a total mental dysfunction that lasted for over twenty years. I rejected the bipolar diagnosis and the prescribed medications: I stayed in denial for many years, choosing a reckless life over an organized life of accepting the norms and values of society. I was out of control.

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