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Kristin Cavallari gets candid about her late brother’s substance abuse and bipolar disorder
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Death affects everyone, be it a common man or a celebrity. Recently American television personality, actress and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari appeared on Tyler Henry’s show “Hollywood Medium” and shared the painful experience related to the death of her brother Michael Cavallari. According to Kristin, Michael struggled with alcohol and drug abuse and probably was a patient of bipolar disorder.

Michael died due to hypothermia after a car crash in the southern part of Utah in 2015. His car was discovered two weeks later with the engine still running and the air bags deployed. His body was found three miles away near a steep hillside full of boulders. In November 2017, Kristin payed a tribute to her late brother by releasing a black and white picture of the siblings.

Kristin was on Henry’s show to get a closure on her brother’s death. She said that her brother did suffer from bipolar disorder and would often have manic episodes during which he would feel that everything was alright and later he would feel depressed and would just crash. She said the fluctuations were quite common and when alcohol and drugs were added to the mix, everything would exaggerate. “It went on for years. He was dealing with some demons. There’s no doubt about it,” she said.

The 31-year-old actress also said that the loss of her brother was unexpected and since then things had been difficult for her and her family. Putting her doubts to rest, psychic Henry confirmed that both mental health and substance abuse were involved in Michael’s death, though addiction was the prominent cause.

Dual diagnosis patients need specialized care

Michael was a patient of dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. A dual diagnosis patient is one who simultaneously struggles with substance abuse as well as a psychiatric disorder. The success of dual diagnosis rehab is based on proper understanding of present illnesses and how the problem may affect each other. In some cases, substance abuse may mask the presence of an underlying psychiatric illness. For example, when an alcoholic is suffering from clinical depression, it would not be readily apparent because they present many of the same symptoms.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 8.2 million people (3.4 percent of the adult population) in the U.S. suffer from co-occurring mental disorders and substance abuse. Of these, 48.1 percent received treatment for either substance abuse or mental illness in the past year. Only treating substance addiction without attending to the co-occurring mental disorder would increase the probability of a relapse. Therefore, both the conditions need to be treated simultaneously in order to achieve a long-lasing recovery.

Dealing with dual diagnosis

Co-occurring mental illnesses and substance abuse can be complicated and hence, a victim of the problem needs expert guidance and specialized care. Sovereign Health of Texas is the top dual diagnosis treatment center in the country. Our state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff specialize in treating co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders. We offer evidence-based treatment programs in a safe and supportive environment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from co-occurring substance abuse and a mental illness, Sovereign Health can help. Our dual diagnosis treatment is personalized to suit each patient. Call our 24/7 helpline number or chat online with our trained representatives to know more about our well-equipped dual diagnosis treatment centers where patients can confidently regain control of their life.

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