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Rapper 360 on his struggle with drug addiction and bipolar disorder

November 13, 2017 Mental Health

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Rapper 360 on his struggle with drug addiction and bipolar disorder

Rapper Matthew James Colwell, known by his stage name 360, was injured In July 2010 in a go-karting accident while celebrating his birthday in Sydney, Australia. He was hospitalized with severe, almost life-threatening injuries and had to be operated upon immediately. To help relieve the pain, 360 was prescribed a “cocktail of prescription medication,” primarily Endone, an oxycodone-based painkiller. This ultimately led to an addiction. Unable to get sufficient quantities of Endone during tours, 360 switched to painkiller Nurofen Plus.

At one point, 360 started taking 90 Nurofen Plus tablets every day to prevent withdrawal symptoms and to avoid freezing on stage. In January 2015, 360’s manager found him convulsing backstage after he had allegedly consumed four packets of codeine-based tablets. The remainder of his tour was cancelled; he was hospitalized and put on a suicide watch. A year later, 360 released a confessional video “I’m Sorry” to explain what had happened. He attributed his addiction to the easy availability of over-the-counter (OTC) codeine-based drugs.

That was not the end of his trauma. Earlier in 2017, 360 developed suicidal thoughts and suffered a complete breakdown. After a thorough psychiatric evaluation, his condition was diagnosed as unipolar disorder with an extreme case of attention-deficit disorder (ADD). But, further tests revealed that he had bipolar disorder (BD). The accuracy with which 360’s symptoms were diagnosed helped him come to terms with his behavior. Recently, he released another video, talking about his bipolar diagnosis with the aim of helping others battling mental illnesses.

‘Sick of feeling forever up or forever down’

360 narrated his suffering on being constantly questioned about his mental health and not knowing what causing depression. He said he felt that he would never recover, and was “sick of lying” and telling others that everything was fine. 360’s honesty regarding his addiction will surely prompt others to seek treatment or open up to their families.

The rapper used a combination of medication and therapy to deal with his trauma that has enabled him metamorphose from a rapper into a singer and bring in more maturity in his song lyrics. The rapper has also talked about the issue through songs like “Drugs” which highlight the vice-like grip of drugs.

Dual problem of mental disorder and addiction can be fatal

Bipolar disorder affects an estimated 2.6 percent American adults, with nearly 83 percent of such cases being classified as severe. Less than 50 percent of the affected individuals receive any treatment, and less than 40 percent receive minimally adequate treatment. Even misuse of prescription drugs continues to be a significant problem. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 6.2 million individuals aged 12 or older abused psychotherapeutic drugs at least once in the past month, of which 54 percent misused prescription painkillers.

Simultaneous existence of mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs), called co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis, affects millions of Americans. According to the NSDUH, 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older had some form of mental illness during the year, whereas, 19 million adults had a SUD. Of these, 8.2 million adults (3.4 percent) had co-occurring disorders. It is possible for either a mental illness or a SUD to develop first. Individuals with mental illnesses may self-medicate with alcohol or other drugs to get relief from their symptoms.

Recovering from co-occurring disorders

Integrated treatment for mental illness and SUDs is considered the most effective intervention for such disorders. Common components of the treatment plan include detox, inpatient rehab, medications, psychotherapy, supportive housing and self-help/support groups.

Dual diagnosis treatment requires routine care from qualified healthcare professionals and customized therapies, including one-on-one and group psychotherapy, or other time-tested therapeutic solutions. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental illness and an addiction to prescription drugs or other substances, then Recover Mental Health can help. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-593-2339 or chat online with our experts to know more about a state-of-the-art dual diagnosis treatment center located near you.

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