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Avoidant Personality Disorder Treatment Center in Atlanta, GA

Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) causes individuals to internalize the actions of others as a personal attack against their character. The fear of rejection and aloneness can make daily life difficult. Feelings of extreme social inhibition, inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection characterize AVPD. Individuals with AVPD avoid social interactions for fear of criticism, embarrassment, or rejection. They often experience low self-esteem, have difficulty forming close relationships, and may isolate themselves from social situations to avoid potential judgment or disapproval. The Summit Wellness Group’s avoidant personality disorder treatment center in Atlanta, GA, provides the necessary treatment to live confidently.

The treatment of Avoidant Personality Disorder is crucial because it helps individuals overcome debilitating social anxiety, fosters healthier relationships, and improves their overall quality of life, enabling them to engage more fully in work, social, and personal experiences. 

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Why Choose The Summit Wellness Group

Our team of experienced, licensed therapists and mental health professionals specialize in addiction and mental health recovery. Ben Dobbs, our Executive Director, struggled with addiction for 15 years before he found recovery. His professional experience includes serving as a group facilitator and program coordinator. He has worked for some of the South’s top substance abuse and mental health treatment centers. With those experiences, Ben now has more than a decade of service in the addiction treatment field.

Also, our client testimonials and reviews show how beneficial treatment at The Summit Wellness Group can be. We pride ourselves in the services we provide. Hearing from our clients how impactful our programs and staff have been on their journey through recovery speaks for itself.

Whether the reviews are good or bad, we consider every person’s thoughts. We hold ourselves accountable for continuously improving our practices and listening to our client’s suggestions. Our goal is to provide you with the treatment you need.

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Our Avoidant Personality Treatment Programs

For individuals struggling with an avoidant personality disorder, we offer comprehensive programs that target all aspects of recovery.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our day treatment is completed through a partial hospitalization program (PHP). This is the highest level of care we offer. This program requires that our clients spend at least 30 hours a week in our substance abuse treatment program and return home afterward.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our intensive outpatient program (IOP) is flexible as it only requires 9 hours, split into three days a week at one of our two facilities. We have a day and an evening program to fit your schedule best, making it easy to incorporate into your week.

The duration and frequency of this program depend upon the individual at the direction of their therapist. IOP works best for individuals who need a more extensive treatment plan than traditional outpatient services but not residential care.

Sober Living Homes

Our sober living program is ideal for those who need to be surrounded by a support system for people with similar disorders. Housing is close to our treatment facilities for convenience. I

For most clients, sober living homes are the next step following release from an inpatient program. Sober living homes provide a highly structured program overseen by our treatment team.

What is Co-occurring Substance Abuse?

A dual-diagnosis disorder describes when a person struggles with two or more conditions simultaneously. They are often referred to as dual-diagnosis co-occurring or comorbid. Commonly, a person struggling with substance abuse will also struggle with mental illness. One or the other may occur first, but the two often worsen each other unless treated.

Mental health issues often occur alongside substance use disorders. A lack of treatment and care for these comorbid issues can result in adverse long-term outcomes, including relapse and overdose. A National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) report found that almost 8 million adults suffer from co-occurring mental illness and substance use. More than half of these people never receive any treatment. Only 9% will seek treatment through a dual-diagnosis center.

Medical Detox

Medically-assisted detox benefits our physically dependent clients, who experience withdrawal symptoms when they don’t abuse the substance.

This treatment approach provides a safe and supervised environment where our clients can detoxify from substance use and manage the symptoms that arise. This is the first step to treatment and is essential for long-term recovery.

During detox, our clients gain physical freedom from substances in a relaxing environment surrounded by experts. Our detox services and professional drug rehab treatment center help clients safely navigate the withdrawal process while ensuring comfort and stability, addressing feelings of inadequacy, and building self-esteem – thus significantly improving the chances of maintaining sobriety.

Our drug addiction therapies provide various benefits for individuals struggling with substance abuse. To begin with, therapy helps overcome addiction by addressing underlying psychological, social, and societal issues contributing to drug abuse.

However, therapy provides coping strategies to manage the desire and avoid relapse. Treatment also improves mental health and personal relationships, promoting overall lifestyle improvement. We aim to help individuals regain control of their lives while maintaining sobriety. We believe therapy lays the foundation for a healthier and more fulfilling life. 

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Our Avoidant Personality Treatment Approach

Our therapies benefit individuals struggling with an avoidant personality disorder. To begin with, therapy addresses the underlying psychological, social, and societal issues contributing to the condition.

Therapy also improves mental health and personal relationships by teaching social skills training, understanding your unique personality traits, and addressing other underlying mental health conditions, if needed. We promote overall lifestyle improvement. We aim to help individuals regain control of their lives. We believe therapy lays the foundation for a healthier and more fulfilling life. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that can be effective in treating avoidant personality disorder and addiction. We start by addressing the negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to use, leading to CBT helping clients develop coping strategies to overcome their addiction.

CBT also helps clients identify triggers, and therapists can provide tools to manage the triggers related to their personality disorder symptoms. Lastly, CBT can help clients develop healthy life skills, such as stress management, problem-solving, and social support, leading to long-term recovery and quality of life.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It was initially developed to treat individuals struggling with borderline personality disorder and suicidal ideation. However, DBT has since been modified to treat various issues, including substance abuse and other mental health disorders.

The main goal of DBT is to help clients build a life they feel is worth living, especially since so many individuals who undergo DBT are suicidal or have lost hope that things will get better. This type of therapy is more specialized in allowing clients to change their thoughts and actions to align with their goals.

Motivational Interviewing

In addition to CBT being beneficial to clients, motivational interviewing also serves as a helpful approach for individuals struggling with substance use. Motivational interviewing involves a non-judgemental and empathetic conversation with a therapist to help increase our clients’ motivation to change their behaviors.

By exploring each individual’s values, goals, and concerns, this talk therapy approach identifies and reinforces self-determination to begin making more positive changes. With guidance, clients gain insights into their social contacts, social phobias, and any possible social anxiety disorder symptoms. With this approach, clients have the majority ownership in the recovery process as they work to achieve personal goals.

Family Therapy

Family therapy involves family members joining in the therapy process to address avoidant personality disorders and addiction within the family. This form of treatment aims to identify the underlying issues or concerns that led to the avoidant personality disorder, and working together, clients and family members develop strategies as a unit using current insights. Open communication and collaborative coping skills for all stakeholders are encouraged during this therapy for effective treatment.

Holistic Therapy

Holistic Therapy is an alternative treatment service that focuses on the whole person, not just mental illness-related symptoms. Our therapists consider our clients’ physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being, allowing them to achieve balance and develop coping skills.
We use several holistic therapy services, including yoga, massage, fitness, nutrition, and more.

Other Types of Personality Disorders

There are several different types of personality disorders. Each one has specific symptoms and markers. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is used for diagnosing mental disorders. 

They include the following:

  • Antisocial personality disorder forces individuals not to feel remorse for their actions against others. Some common tendencies are to lie, behave violently, and suffer from a substance abuse disorder (SUD). 
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD) causes pervasive instability in social relationships, self-image, and mood. BPD can also cause individuals to risk impulsive actions without fear of harm or consequence. Individuals with BPD may also struggle with anger management and engage in self-harm or suicidal behavior and feelings of emptiness or worthlessness.
  • A dependent personality disorder is unlike an avoidant personality disorder. A dependent personality disorder is a need to be surrounded by others. This brings the individual comfort. However, it is less about the companionship of others and more about others validating their presence. 
  • A histrionic personality disorder is the need to be praised and complimented consistently. Even if the person hasn’t done anything remarkable, they feel empowered by recognition.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder is similar to histrionic personality disorder in that the need for praise is constant. However, narcissistic individuals brag about themselves to others to the point of obsession. Regardless of how big or small an accomplishment, task, or deed they complete, they will share with others. 
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder has similarities to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Rather than a fixation on the perfection of objects or daily routines, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is self-perfection. This can result in obsessing over physical appearance, a rigid or stubborn personality when working with others, and preoccupation with self-control and perception.
  • Paranoid personality disorder causes individuals to distrust or constantly worry about others’ thoughts, feelings, and actions. These behaviors are present even if the individual has established long-term relationships.
  • Schizoid personality disorder differs from other personality disorders in that individuals refrain from developing attachments with others. They cannot establish an emotional connection with others, including family members.
  • Schizotypal personality disorder creates a fictional world in the minds of individuals. They believe in a magical existence and think they are clairvoyant.

Get the Help You Deserve

Even though living with avoidant personality disorder can be difficult, learning coping skills to manage the symptoms can improve health, daily functions, and social relationships. The goal is to build healthier relationships and become self-reliant.

Take the first step by contacting The Summit Wellness Group’s avoidant personality disorder treatment center in Atlanta, GA. You or your loved one will gain access to a welcoming treatment center, support groups, and resources to help you begin the journey to recovery and an overall healthy lifestyle. 

Call us 24/7 at 770-299-1677 or fill out our contact form, and a member of our admissions team will contact you shortly.

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Call us 24/7 at 770-299-1677. If we aren’t the right fit for you then we’ll utilize our expertise and connections within the treatment industry to assist you in finding the best provider for your specific needs. Alternatively, you can fill out our contact form and a member of our staff will contact you shortly.