Individuals with bipolar disorder are at an increased risk of developing substance abuse problems. This is due to the fact that individuals with bipolar disorder often experience intense mood swings and may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate or to manage their symptoms. The misuse of drugs or alcohol can exacerbate the symptoms of bipolar disorder and increase the risk of developing other mental health disorders. Therefore, it is important for individuals with bipolar disorder to seek treatment for both their bipolar disorder and any substance abuse problems they may be experiencing.