Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be a frustrating diagnosis, and when combined with substance abuse, the progression of these diseases can take hold of one’s life and make the idea of recovery seem extremely difficult. The Summit Wellness Group utilizes the most effective treatment plans, led both by professionals and people in recovery, to give you the most well-rounded recovery resources.
Our Dual-Diagnosis Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments
Around 1.6% of the population struggle with borderline personality disorder, however very few people actually seek treatment for their symptoms. The only way to manage and lessen the symptoms of borderline personality disorder is through clinical therapy provided by a specialized therapist. The purpose of treatment for borderline personality disorder here at The Summit Wellness Group is to pinpoint possible causes, engage in therapies and techniques that reduce those negative symptoms, and offer tools for continued coping outside of treatment that offers the best chance at an improved quality of life.
Treatment is especially important for individuals who experience both BPD and substance abuse. Studies show that BPD and substance abuse disorders are extremely comorbid and are often diagnosed together. Around 72% of people with BPD also suffer from substance abuse disorder. Because of this, and because the combination can be deadly, it is vital that a person struggling with both seek treatment from a dual-diagnosis center that provides treatment plans to tackle both diagnoses at the same time.
Do I Need a Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Center?
Struggling with BPD can be extremely frustrating as your emotions become amplified and take control of pretty much everything in your life. Intense highs and lows can seem like emotional rollercoasters, and impulsivity can lead to intense regret, failing relationships, and serious health risks. The unfortunate reality is that living with borderline personality disorder is a lifelong struggle, and social stigma can make treatment and recovery seem impossible.
Some common symptoms of BPD are:
- Mood Swings
- Uncertain, and Usually Negative, Self-Image
- Intense fear of abandonment that can lead to rapid initiation of intimacy or cutting relationships off out of anticipation of abandonment.
- Unstable Relationships
- Engaging in risky, dangerous behaviors like spending sprees, unsafe sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, and binge eating or drinking.
- Self-Harming Behaviors
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Feelings of Dissociation
Though treatment might feel hopeless, borderline personality disorder can be devastating and professional help is the only way to manage and decrease negative symptoms. BPD is often confused for bipolar disorder or a number of other mental health conditions, and a clear diagnosis and effective treatment plan can only be established by a clinician, especially when substance abuse or addiction is involved.
What Causes BPD?
There is no one cause of borderline personality disorder, however, a combination of genetics, brain function, environment, and family history all play a role in increased risk for developing BPD. Differences in the impulse control and emotional regulation centers of the brain can also increase risk. Traumatic experiences of abuse or childhood abandonment also play a role in the development of BPD. Other factors that increase the risk of BPD are emotional abuse, sexual trauma, or neglect.
Research also indicates that substance abuse can worsen the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and can cause more harmful consequences down the line. People may try to self-medicate to combat the depressive effects, and they may also engage in substance abuse or mixing multiple substances during periods of increased emotional states or mania.
Importance of Treatment for BPD
Unless a person receives treatment for their borderline personality disorder, the symptoms will continue to control their life. A combination of psychotherapy, medication, and holistic treatments are the most effective ways of reducing negative symptoms and improving the quality of life with the goal of long-term recovery. This is especially important with a co-occurring substance use disorder as the two can influence and worsen the already present symptoms.
At The Summit Wellness Group, we utilize a variety of techniques to combat those symptoms and provide positive coping mechanisms to curb the need for self-medication. Through different programs such as our intensive outpatient program (IOP) or our partial hospitalization program (PHP), we work with you to provide the highest level of care specific to your individual needs.
- Intensive Outpatient Program: As the standard treatment model we provide, IOP is more flexible for those who work or have other responsibilities, preventing them from being able to commit to full days of treatment. It consists of three days each week (during the day or in the evening), for a total of 9 hours.
- Partial Hospitalization Program: This is the more intensive program that entails daily attendance for 30 total hours each week.
The most effective treatment of BPD involves a combination of behavior therapy, exposure therapy, and medication. We also engage our client’s in holistic approaches, such as yoga, guided meditation, and adventure therapy, to help develop positive coping mechanisms that can be used as extended forms of rehabilitation after treatment. Other holistic therapies we offer are:
- Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Nutritional Program
- Therapeutic Fitness
- Art Therapy
Seeking treatment for borderline personality disorder is a critical piece in understanding and managing the mood swings and other negative symptoms you may be experiencing. Not only can psychotherapy help to prevent future substance abuse, but it is extremely important for the treatment of individuals who suffer from both BPD and substance use disorder. The two often accompany one another, and the best method for an improved quality of life is through clinical treatment.
If you are experiencing symptoms of BPD, substance abuse, or a combination of the two, the team here at The Summit Wellness Group is dedicated to helping treat both conditions simultaneously to provide you with the best outlook for recovery. By tackling both diseases at the same time, we can decrease your risk of relapse and help you move towards a more normal and positive lifestyle that you can enjoy.
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