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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Treatment Program in Atlanta, Georgia

The crowd is staring at your every move. Every day of the week, around the clock. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) feels like walking a precarious tightrope with no break. Your mental health is fully displayed as your emotions sway back and forth. It’s hard to enjoy life when you constantly fear losing control of your feelings and falling into chaos. This is the complex and frustrating reality of living with a BPD diagnosis. Everyday life is unpredictable and challenging. Are you sick of wondering when you'll falter? Our BPD treatment program in Atlanta, GA, can help you reclaim control. The Summit Wellness Group knows borderline personality disorder is often misunderstood. As one of Georgia's leading treatment providers, we will give you hope again.

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Do I Need BPD Treatment?

What if you did everything possible to stop it, but the rope snapped? Your emotions come crashing down.

This circus is anything but fun and games. Out of nowhere, intense feelings can take control and push you toward extremes. Your mental health flips into impulsive and harmful behavior.

The crowd below feels miles away as you fight to regulate this peril. An intense fear of abandonment grabs you. Rejection follows as you reach out. No one blinks an eye.

Why can’t they understand? Is it time for intermission yet?

The reality is this condition doesn’t cut you a break. No matter how many times you focus on avoiding a fumble. The tightrope only seems to stretch outward.

Many mental health professionals consider this personality disorder impossible to treat. Or that you’re too difficult to help. A feel like a person doomed to teeter on the tightrope while the show continues for the rest of the world.

Guess what? This is not true or fair. You’re not lost; you need proper treatment customized for your needs. Our center in Georgia is unique in both the knowledge and heart we put into our programs.

It’s not easy to move past people distrusting you, passing judgment, and showing a lack of empathy. All because of your diagnosis. This stigma can cause a lot of worry about asking for help or sharing with others about your diagnosis.

It’s critical to seek treatment to manage emotional regulation and other negative symptoms. Our program has the knowledge and the skills to help improve your life.

Common symptoms of BPD

  • Starting a new relationship or ending an existing one without warning to avoid feeling left out
  • A pattern of intense and shaky relationships with family, friends, and loved ones
  • A distorted and unstable self-image and self of who you are
  • Unsafe, reckless behaviors like spending sprees, unsafe sex, abusing drugs, and binge eating
  • Self-harming behavior, such as cutting and threatening to harm yourself
  • Showing signs of suicidal behaviors or threats over and over
  • Intense and variable moods can last from a few hours to a few days
  • Feelings of emptiness that won’t go away
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling anger
  • Feelings of dissociation, as if you’re watching yourself from outside your body as if you’re someone else

Professional help is the only way to take control of these devastating effects. This condition is often confused with bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions. A precise diagnosis ensures the best treatment for you.

You will receive a thorough assessment by a clinician trained in personality disorders. Together, you and your care team will create your personalized treatment plan.

Borderline Personality Disorder

Why Choose The Summit Wellness Group?

Our drug rehab and behavioral health center in Atlanta, Georgia, loves to surprise. How so?

Our recovery center is more than state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant Atlanta campus. We’re a place where skilled clinicians raise the bar in effective recovery. We’re the South’s solution to the lack of solid programs for mental health disorders like BPD.

Our facility is Joint Commission accredited. This is an official way of saying we adhere to the highest standards in safety and quality for our clients. Our clinical team holds various licenses and credentials. Our track record of success and shining 5-star Google Reviews speak for themselves.

Those unsavory symptoms will destroy your life unless you receive adequate treatment. Our commitment is uniting you with yourself again. That’s not all. Those other mood or substance disorders pulling you down from rising above BPD won’t last much longer.

The purpose of our borderline personality disorder program is to:

  • Pinpoint possible causes
  • Engage in therapies and techniques that reduce negative symptoms
  • Offer tools for continued coping outside of treatment

Treatment is vital for individuals who experience both BPD and substance abuse. BPD and substance abuse disorders are co-morbid and often diagnosed together. This is also known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.

How common is dual diagnosis? Around 72% of people with BPD also suffer from substance abuse disorder. Since the combination can be deadly, it is vital to seek help for both.

Our Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Programs

Our borderline treatment program fills a need for mental health care left in the shadows. Please think of us as your partner to stop escaping and embrace the life you deserve.

Before you write off another lost chance, learn more about how our programs hear your voice.

No time to put your life on pause for inpatient? No problem. Skip the wait lines with our affordable and transformative outpatient options.

The Summit Wellness Group has a lot to offer in our client-centered programs. We use a variety of techniques to combat the symptoms of BPD. Through our two outpatient programs, we work with you to deliver the highest care for you.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive outpatient program (IOP) is the standard treatment model we offer.

IOP combines therapies like DBT, counseling, and life skills training. The flexible schedule consists of three days each week (during the day or in the evening) for 9 hours.

IOP usually lasts about three months to six months. Don’t worry. A 24/7 overnight stay is not required, so you don’t have to put your life on pause.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Here’s another outpatient option to consider. Partial hospitalization program (PHP) is our more intensive outpatient program. PHP involves daily attendance for 30 total hours each week.

We combine behavior therapy, exposure therapy, and medication to treat borderline personality disorder. We also use holistic approaches like yoga, meditation, and adventure therapy.

You can choose other natural therapies we offer, including:

  • Massage therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Chiropractic care
  • Nutritional program
  • Therapeutic fitness
  • Art therapy

Sober Living Homes

Our sober living program is a great next step after completing inpatient treatment. Sober living provides a safe and structured environment for sustained sobriety. Checking into a sober living home is ideal for using everything you learned in therapy.

We serve four levels for Atlanta sober living. The National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) established these categories.

Each has different variables like cost, level of monitoring, and clinical services available.

  • Peer-run
  • Monitored
  • Supervised
  • Integrated

Our Approach

At The Summit Wellness Group, we use a variety of techniques to combat those symptoms. Our plans provide clients with coping mechanisms to curb the need for self-medication. Through 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. Other holistic therapies we offer are:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Nutritional Program
  • Therapeutic Fitness
  • Art Therapy

Sober Living Homes

Our sober living program is a great next step after completing inpatient treatment. Sober living provides a safe and structured environment for sustained sobriety. Checking into a sober living home is ideal for using everything you learned in therapy.

We serve four levels for Atlanta sober living. The National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR) established these categories.

Each has different variables like cost, level of monitoring, and clinical services available.

  • Peer-run
  • Monitored
  • Supervised
  • Integrated

Our Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment (BPD) Services

Our programs set the pace, and our services are fine-tuned for your upward momentum. Your plan depends on your symptoms and cause. We get to know you, so this isn’t a guessing game.

The Summit Wellness Group offers borderline personality disorder treatment through:

  • Medication management
  • Holistic therapy
  • Individual therapy

We are precise because we’re dealing with a delicate disorder. Unskilled practices can destroy and reverse your state. We listen to your needs and design your treatment plans with you. This manages symptoms and promotes wellness and long-term recovery.

Here’s a closer look at these services.

Medication Management

The Summit Wellness Group knows what medications will work to improve your health. Medications can reduce the symptoms of a dual diagnosis. Co-occurring conditions like substance use disorder (SUD) respond well to meds.

We treat depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and impulsivity with antidepressants or anxiety meds. These meds can include Prozac (fluoxetine), clonidine, Zoloft (sertraline), and Paxil (paroxetine).

Mood stabilizers and antipsychotics treat aggression and paranoia. These medications include lithium, Depakote, Topamax (topiramate), risperidone, olanzapine, and aripiprazole.

Campral (acamprosate), Antabuse (disulfiram), Buspar (buspirone), and Vivitrol (naltrexone) treat alcohol abuse.

Opioid abuse treatment can include Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone), methadone, and Vivitrol (naltrexone).

Holistic Therapy

These therapies treat the whole person, not only select parts. For BPD, they promote inner peace, mental strength, focus, body awareness, and self-discovery. They can improve the symptoms plus their root causes.

Individual Therapy

Our treatment program involves “talk therapy,” sometimes called psychotherapy. This is the number one tactic we deploy.

Why? It’s proven effective in taming borderline personality disorder symptoms eager to hijack your emotions. Individual therapy teaches you how to tolerate emotions with accessible coping strategies. You’ll learn emotional regulation techniques to manage stress, anger, and anxiety.

The most effective therapy for treatment is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). It improves how you manage your emotions. DBT makes you more in tune with your emotional state. The lack of control is one of the most harmful parts of the mood disorder. DBT builds coping skills, impulse control, emotional control, and getting along with others.

DBT skills are easy to integrate with existing treatment methods. This can include support groups and other therapies like motivational interviewing (MI). MI is an evidence-based practice that improves staying in treatment and positive results.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a similar therapy that improves how you interact with others. You identify and change inaccurate beliefs and negative behaviors affecting relationships. It can reduce mood swings, anxiety symptoms, self-harming behaviors, and suicidal tendencies.

What Causes BPD?

There is no one cause of borderline personality disorder. It’s not clear why this condition affects some people and not others. Substance abuse worsens the effects with more damaging consequences down the line.

A combination of risk factors can include:

  • Genetics increases your chances if you have a family member with the disorder. Although evidence supports strong ties with chromosome 9, a single gene hasn’t been discovered.
  • Environmental factors can play a role from an early age. Childhood abuse, neglect, unstable family relationships, chronic stress, and intense fear can impact BDP.
  • Brain areas responsible for emotions and decision-making might misfire.

Pay attention when seeking treatment, or you’ll find yourself with the wrong diagnosis. This hinders your recovery and can leave you feeling hopeless. This is why the Summit Wellness Group is a first choice for many people who need a real solution.

According to the DSM-5, nine main categories of symptoms exist. Diagnosis requires at least five of the signs to be present.

These symptoms often start during adolescence and can have a profound impact.

  • Intense fear of abandonment
  • A pattern of unstable intense relationships
  • Rapid changes in self-identity and self-image
  • Periods of stress-related paranoia
  • Impulsive and risky behavior
  • Suicidal threats or behavior or self-injury
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness
  • Inappropriate, intense anger

How Common is Substance Abuse among Those Who Have BPD?

Circling back to co-occurring disorders, SUD is a crucial player. Borderline personality disorder increases the risk of alcohol or drug addiction.

Self-medicating symptoms with drugs can evolve into addiction. Mixing substances with a BPD diagnosis is a recipe for turmoil.

  • 17% of people have an alcohol abuse disorder.
  • 22% of cocaine dependence cases and 33% of opioid abuse present with BPD.
  • 50% of individuals reported abusing prescription drugs.
  • One study found substance use disorder (SUD) symptoms decreased for more than 90% of people over 10 years.
  • 9.5% of individuals with a lifetime SUD share a BPD diagnosis. This is much higher than in the general public, which ranges from 1.6% to 5.9%.
  • About 50% of people have a co-occurring disorder. 23% of young adults struggle with SUD and mental illness.
  • About 1 in 10 people, or 8% – 10% with BPD, will die by suicide, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Get The Help You Need Today

Everyone has different experiences in life. What’s important is to know that you should receive help and empathy, no matter what. If you or your loved one struggles to live a fulfilling life stuck in freefall with BPD, we can help.

The Summit Wellness Group is a name that people respect and trust. Take the first step to healing from BPD with a free, private phone call 24/7 at 770-746-4184. You can also email us at contactus@thesummitwellnessgroup.com.

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