Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental health problem that affects a person’s behavior, self-image, and mood patterns. Although Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) affects only about 2% of the adult population, studies have shown that close 80% of adults with BPD develop some form of substance use disorder – addiction. Borderline personality disorder and substance abuse have been found to be co-occurring conditions that require accurate diagnosis for proper treatment.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
BPD is a pervasive mental illness that is characterized by unstable patterns in self-image and interpersonal relationships, as well as impulsive behavior. The thought patterns of people with BPD lead to unstable relationships due to mistrust and intense fear of abandonment.
Symptoms of BPD
There are many BPD symptoms. A person with this health condition harbors great uncertainty about themselves and where they belong. As a result, they may exhibit sudden changes in their values, interests, and opinions of others. Therefore, the symptoms of BPD may include mood swings and destructive behavior, as well as self-harm, suicidal ideation, feelings of empitness, and struggles with controlling anger.
Risk factors for developing BPD include previous traumatic experiences and existing substance abuse and mental health conditions.
Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction
Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse
The symptoms of mental health conditions like BPD can be so intense that a person seeks immediate relief, which is typically obtained through drug and alcohol abuse. While they may be able to achieve relief and stop drinking alcohol or using drugs at first, alcohol addiction or drug addiction can quickly develop when more substance use is needed to achieve relief.
If substance abuse disorders occur with BPD symptoms, they are called co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis, or co-occurring addictions. Where this is the case, borderline personality disorder treatment must occur simultaneously with an addiction treatment plan.
How Are BPD and Substance Abuse Treated?
Before any type of therapy can begin, those with substance use disorder and BPD must undergo a mental health evaluation and drug or alcohol detox. The next step is to enter a borderline personality disorder treatment program for substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Typically, the options for symptoms of borderline personality disorder and addiction treatment include psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and talk therapy through support groups.
Borderline Personality Disorder Dual Diagnosis Treatment Options in San Diego
Divine House provides obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment in San Diego. Using a blended anxiety treatment approach, our substance abuse disorder treatment programs offer long-term treatment success for impulsive behavior, anxiety disorder, intense fear, abandonment issues, and borderline personality disorders (BPD).
Treatment for BPD & Addiction
For those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and addiction, Divine House offers holistic and individualized substance abuse and mental health treatment options. Our experienced BPD therapists monitor medications and safely manage withdrawal symptoms through detox.
Once enrolled in treatment, patients learn distress tolerance and other important skills necessary for recovery and a return to an enjoyable life.
Borderline personality disorder is a manageable condition with the proper treatment. If you have or someone you love has been consuming alcohol or drugs to relieve borderline personality disorder symptoms, contact Divine House for more information today.
Treating BPD Beyond Addiction & Dual Diagnosis
Introducing the Divine Life Mental Health Outpatient Program
Although the overwhelming majority of patients suffering from addiction (substance use disorder or SUD) also suffer from some form of mental health issue such as anxiety (dual diagnosis); not all patients suffering from mental health issues also suffer from addiction (primary mental health). This distinction between dual diagnosis and primary mental health is critical in providing the best and most appropriate care for our patients. For some dual diagnosis patients, their battle with anxiety continues to persist well after their active addiction is in remission. Equally, there are many patients who suffer from anxiety with very little to no addiction component. It is for these patients that the Divine Life primary mental health outpatient program in San Diego was created.
The Divine Life mental health outpatient program offers focused and highly effective mental health treatment provided by the same expert team of psychiatric doctors, therapists and mental healthcare professionals offered by Divine House. Conveniently located in the city hills just minutes away from the Divine House inpatient treatment facility, Divine Life’s beautifully remodeled 3-office outpatient facility offers clients the flexible access and amenities they need to successfully treat their mental health conditions.
It is this comprehensive offering of both dual diagnosis substance abuse and primary mental health that sets Divine House and Divine Life above and beyond the majority of treatment options available in Southern California.