Borderline personality disorder is a very challenging condition, and when substance abuse is present as well, the outcome tends to be very negative in the absence of treatment. Even if one condition is treated at a time, relapse can occur and overall mental health can decline. Finding a competent dual diagnosis treatment facility is crucial if someone hopes to have the best possible chances of recovery.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment?
The symptoms of borderline personality disorder are characterized by instability in one’s own self-image and in one’s attitudes and perceptions of others close to them. Someone may also have an intense, sometimes irrational fear of abandonment that produces difficulties in their life. Treating this condition is geared towards reducing the strain that these distorted perceptions can create in someone’s life and their relationships with others.
Studies vary in the exact numbers, but there is a definite relationship between substance use disorders or alcoholism and borderline personality disorder. One study performed on data from the Wave 2 NESARC results found that over 72% of those with borderline personality disorder also suffered from a substance use disorder at some point during their life. Additionally, just over 50% of those with borderline personality disorder suffered from a substance use disorder within the last year. A reverse correlation is also present but to a much lesser degree. Out of those with a lifetime occurrence of a substance use disorder, almost 10% of them also suffer from borderline personality disorder. This is roughly 3 times higher than the incidence of borderline personality disorder in the general population. 1, 4
Importance of Treatment
Obtaining treatment for co-occurring borderline personality disorder and addiction is critical if someone not only hopes to recover but if they want a good chance at a long life. Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts are strongly correlated with both substance use disorder and borderline personality disorder, and this is only increased when these conditions are co-occurring in an individual. Finding a competent treatment facility often provides the best chance for successful, long-term recovery. 2
We understand the difficulties of recovery and the added challenges that borderline personality disorder can present. Our treatment approach is designed specifically to address every aspect of recovery including neurological, physical, and emotional components. The multifaceted and integrated treatments that are used at The Summit Wellness Group include the most effective medications, comprehensive psychiatric care, clinical therapeutic techniques, and holistic therapy. The more tools someone has at their disposal, the better their chances of recovery become.
Types of Treatment
We use every available and effective treatment technique to provide relief and aid the healing process. The more tools that are available in the arsenal of recovery, the greater the chances of success become, and the degree of healing possible. In this regard, we utilize many different treatment approaches, including:
- Group Therapy
- Psychiatric Care
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Yoga and Chiropractic Care
- Fitness and Adventure Therapy
- Art Therapy
Aside from the different components of treatment, we also offer several different modes or levels of care. Depending on someone’s individual needs, one treatment mode may be preferable over others, either due to cost, flexibility, or level of comprehensive care. Some of our different treatment programs include:
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Our IOP program is a comprehensive treatment program that also retains flexibility and customizability so that any schedule or set of needs may be addressed in the most accommodating manner possible. This program is 9 hours per week and sessions are available during the day or evening.
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): The PHP program is the highest level of care that we offer, and is 30 hours per week. While it does provide superb care, clients are still able to return home each night so that they can sleep in their own beds.
- Sober Living: A safe and peaceful living facility that allows someone to live in a healthy environment while undergoing treatment. These facilities are separate from, but close to, out actual treatment centers, providing personal space and a quiet place to rest while recovery begins.
Substance use disorders can make life extremely unpleasant, and borderline personality disorder can act as a barrier to recovery. Without help, recovery from these co-occurring conditions is extremely difficult and unlikely. Thankfully, there are dual diagnosis treatment centers like The Summit Wellness Group who have a professional and experienced staff that are willing and able to provide help and guidance on the journey to recovery. Don’t wait any longer, give us a call and we can begin the journey today.
- SAMHSA: An Introduction to Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders
- The BMJ: Borderline Personality Disorder, Drug Use Disorder, and Worsening Depression or Substance Abuse are Significant Predictors of Suicide Attempts in People with Axis I and II Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorders – An Updated Review
- The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: Prevalence, Correlates, Disability, and Comorbidity of DSM-IV Borderline Personality Disorder – Results from the Wave 2 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions