Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder in Conjunction With Addiction

Conditions like Borderline Personality Disorder often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and other debilitating symptoms to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD or Borderline Personality Disorder is a condition in which individuals experience long-term episodes of unstable or turbulent emotions with regard to feelings about themselves or others; these patterns are internal experiences and often cause impulsive actions and chaotic relationships.

Though it is not known what causes BPD, genetic, social and familial factors are all thought to influence the disorder. Some risk factors include sexual abuse, physical abuse, abandonment issues and poor interpersonal familial relationships.

Individuals with BPD are often unsure of their identity and tend to view things in extremes. These individuals tend toward substance abuse, often have a fear of abandonment, are intolerant of solitude, often display inappropriate anger, engage in self injury such as cutting, experience feelings of emptiness, hopelessness and boredom and often are impulsive with money, sexual relationships, shoplifting and binge eating.

As a result, their values and interests may be in constant fluctuation and their relationships are generally very unstable.

Treatment of BPD in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.