Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a disorder that is characterized as psychological, including issues with depression, anxiety, intense emotions, and distorted self-image. Many factors play into how a person develops borderline personality disorder. It can range from environmental to biological and neurobiological, or focused on parts of the brain like the amygdala. In spite of all this, people struggle with this disorder along with substance abuse. The key is to find services and support to help heal while struggling with the disorder.
People can have both addiction and BPD at the same time, often called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder.’ Many who struggle with the disorder try to cover up their symptoms or hide them from loved ones. Often they self-medicate with substances to find relief from the symptoms. Some of the symptoms may include:
- Emotional instability
- Drug and alcohol use
- Irrational choices and behaviors
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Impulsive behavior
- Manipulation of others
With the challenges of dual diagnosis, the support of professional treatment physicians, psychiatrists, and addiction specialists is usually the best course of treatment going forward.
People who struggle with BPD often find it difficult to enter treatment for substance abuse. With myriad challenges they face, it can be hard to find a program that offers what they want and need. Psychotherapeutic support and substance abuse treatment services are bare bones minimum of what is to be expected. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people manage emotions so they stay away from drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms. Co-occurring substance abuse treatment is best supported with the oversight of physicians, psychiatrists, and others who can help the person find healing from addiction. Addiction and BPD can be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis. What a person needs will depend on what their goals are for treatment and how they respond.
Hope and healing don’t come right away, especially for people with a dual diagnosis. It takes time to peel back the layers, like an onion, of one’s own life to notice where things need mending. With the right people in the right facility, there is hope for healing on the other side of addiction from substance abuse and mental health support for a BPD diagnosis.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702.