Spouse with anger, new diagnosis of bipolar and cannabis use disorder
I am in the thick of it. My spouse, a very intelligent and successful health professional and small business owner, was hospitalized for mania approximately 2 weeks ago. Our world has turned upside down. There are so many layers of complexity that I don't know where to start, but I could use some hope, encouragement, and resources!
Unfortunately his hospitalization was prompted by his mother and I calling the police when we were unable to communicate with him due to severe anger including threats of suicide. He was drug tested and found to have THC in his system, prompting addictions evaluation. They diagnosed him with Severe cannabis use disorder and mild alcohol use disorder. Now in order to protect his professional license he has to complete rehab and remain completely sober for 3 years.
He is mad. I mean really mad. He didn't think he needed to go to the hospital. If he hadn't gone to the hospital none of this would have happened… Not really accepting his diagnoses, bipolar or substance use disorder… How do we begin to move forward?
Thanks for the safe space to share.