Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition that is often misunderstood by the public. This disorder distorts the individual’s self-perception and interferes with their ability to maintain stable relationships. People who suffer from borderline personality disorder typically suffer from problems with regulating emotions and thoughts. They also typically suffer from impulsive and reckless behavior, and unstable relationships with other people.
It is not uncommon for people with borderline personality disorder to have high rates of co-occurring disorders, including anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal behaviors, and self-harm.
Borderline personality disorder and addiction overlap in many ways and both can be characterized by:
- Impulsive, self-destructive behaviors
- Manipulative, deceitful behavior
- A pattern of instability in relationships, finances, and jobs
- A lack of concern for one’s own safety and health
- Mood swings, ranging from intense energy to severe depression
Co-occurring disorders are when a patient suffers from both a mental illness, such as borderline personality disorder and a problematic substance abuse/addiction condition. Treatment can be particularly challenging with borderline personality disorder where the person’s anti-social and manipulative tendencies can make them difficult to work with.
Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
The signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder and addiction also overlap and include:
- Unstable sense of self
- Difficulty controlling anger
- Inability to maintain interpersonal relationships
- Unstable sense of self
- Feelings of emptiness and depression
- Suicidal behavior
- Efforts to avoid abandonment
The symptoms of moodiness, depression, paranoia, and suicidal behavior can make treating a dual diagnosis particularly challenging. A drug and alcohol addiction program specializing in dual diagnosis is able to provide the necessary treatment needed for patients with co-occurring disorders.
Treating Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction
It is important that the addiction treatment facility offer specialized treatment plans that can be individualized for each patient. This provides the patient with the best possible treatment. Dual diagnosis is often treated with group and individual therapies as well as medications.
A New Start, Inc. has a team of dedicated and experienced therapists and staff specializing in the treatment of dual diagnosis and addiction. Our intensive outpatient facility in West Palm Beach provides a safe and comfortable environment for patients to continue their recovery.
If you or a loved one are suffering from borderline personality disorder and addiction, please do not hesitate to call A New Start now at 1.844.Talk.ANS.