Addiction commonly occurs alongside various conditions and disorders, exacerbating symptoms and causing further problems for individuals who experience more than one disorder. Some people may struggle with addiction and personality disorders, causing severe symptoms and pain for these individuals. Learning more about personality disorders and how treatment can assist in healing from these co-occurring disorders can offer hope to those currently struggling.


What Are Personality Disorders?


Personality disorders are a group of mental health disorders that cause problems with everyday stressors and difficulties. Individuals with personality disorders commonly struggle with unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. For a personality disorder to be diagnosed, a person must display consistent symptoms for an extended amount of time. They also cannot result from other medical disorders or addiction. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, with talk therapy and medications being used as treatments. There are various personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and narcissistic personality disorder.


The Relationship Between Personality Disorders and Addiction


Studies show that personality disorders and addiction commonly co-occur. The US National Library of Medicine states that personality disorders occur within 1-14% of the “normal population” and 34.8-70% of patients treated for addictions. Therefore, individuals with personality disorder diagnoses are more likely to develop other conditions such as drug and alcohol addiction. Often, patients use drugs and alcohol to self-medicate their symptoms caused by their personality disorders. Over time, the person becomes dependent on the substances, which can exacerbate the symptoms they were trying to relieve.


Treating Co-Occurring Disorders


The US National Library of Medicine states that psychotherapy is the primary treatment method used in patients with co-occurring addiction and personality disorders. Typical forms of psychotherapy used include dynamic deconstructive psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and dual-focused schema therapy. Patients can also use medications to manage symptoms and give them a better chance at a successful recovery. When searching for treatment facilities, ensure that the one you choose understands co-occurring disorders and offers treatment for patients struggling.


Personality disorders and addiction often go hand in hand due to extensive self-medication by individuals struggling with them. These co-occurring disorders can cause instability and make it more challenging to find help. Alta Loma Transformational Services provides mental health care and addiction treatment for men struggling with co-occurring disorders and addiction. We have extensive knowledge in treating personality disorders, and we strive to provide comprehensive care that helps patients achieve mental and emotional stability in recovery. Personality disorders can make recovery challenging, but we promise to stay by your side every step of the way. Call us today at (866) 457-3843.

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