i did it all back in the day before i was diagnosed but mainly thinks that would actually help temporarily lowering or even reversing the mood i was in. i was doing what one can call self medication. or maybe it's just an excuse in an addict's mind.
now i allow myself 5 pints no more than twice a week but usually one time. no drugs at all and nothing harder than beer.
Alcohol, Drugs and Bipolar Disorder: A Bad Combination
By Russ Federman, Ph.D. — From psychologytoday.com October 12, 2010 303 3 4
One of the more common themes in university students' bipolar stories is the role that substance use has had in the course of their disorder. Sometimes it's simply part of the stormy adolescence that precedes their diagnosis. For others, it's more a part of the storm that follows. But either way it's almost never a helpful or curative part of their narrative.
The explanation of why alcohol and drugs don't mix well with bipolar disorder isn't simple. It really needs to be considered from multiple perspectives.
First, it's fairly obvious that the introduction of mind altering chemicals into the brain doesn't exactly help to sustain mental stability. With almost all recreational drugs there is some kind of "high" associated with experience. That's why people do it. But following any substance induced high, there's almost always the experience of coming down. And usually that translates into a "low" mood feeling.