People with personality disorders (PDs) face numerous difficult challenges, particularly if they also are addicted to alcohol, prescription drugs, or other illicit substances. Someone with a personality disorder exhibits ongoing feelings and behaviors that are extremely difficult to change. Since their perceptions and actions can often be destructive, people with PDs can find it hard to fit in with others. This can result in anxiety, depression, self-harm, isolation and addictive behaviors. Because many personality disorder sufferers have a multiple or dual diagnosis, addiction recovery can be more complicated. For this reason, personality disorder treatment needs to be incorporated in addiction treatment.

Woman in need of personality disorder treatment with her addiction treatment

Types Of Personality Disorders

To understand how someone with one of these conditions can recover from addiction, it’s first necessary to define the various types of PDs. They fall into the following categories:

  • A Cluster – characterized by strange or suspicious behaviors and ways of thinking. People with Cluster A disorders can be paranoid (angry, suspicious and mistrustful), schizotypal (bizarre, anxious or eccentric) or schizoid (emotionally flat and reclusive).
  • B Cluster – distinguished by irregular behavior and highly emotional responses. Cluster B disorders can be antisocial (irresponsible, indifferent to others or hostile), borderline personality disorder (fearing abandonment, unstable, volatile), histrionic (attention-seeking and dramatic) and narcissistic (selfish, arrogant, unconscious of the feelings of others)
  • C Cluster – distinguished by excessive fear and/or anxiety. These include avoidant (shy, fears confrontation), dependent (clingy, needy, constantly looking for approval) and obsessive-compulsive (fixated on details, inflexible and demanding)

What Causes Personality Disorders?

In one respect, personality disorders are as unique and varied as the individuals who have them. However, they do stem from certain common sources:

  • Genetic or inherited factors. Many PDS run in families
  • Extreme abuse or stress occurring during childhood
  • Higher than average sensitivity to stimuli such as light and sound
  • High levels of stress in the environment

Substance Abuse And Personality Disorder Treatment

PDs don’t necessarily directly cause drug or alcohol addiction, and vice versa. Nevertheless, there’s a close correlation between the two. Often, people with PDs use drugs and alcohol to relieve symptoms or help them with social interaction. In the end, however, the strategies that once provided solace or distraction from the symptoms of PDs tend to backfire. This worsens the difficulties a person is already having with finances, relationships, and career.

Get Help Today

If you or someone you love are sinking under the combined weight of mental health challenges and addiction, you already know what a heavy burden you bear. Fortunately, the recovery and wellness professionals at Crest View Recovery Center are here to help you combat your dual diagnosis.

We understand the unique challenges that face clients with dual diagnoses and will spend whatever time it takes to understand the root causes of your mental health challenges and your addiction in order to set you on the path toward real recovery. We offer the following advantages:

Are you ready to finally address the personality disorder that has been holding you back, poisoning your relationships and fostering your addictive lifestyle? If you want to truly meet your substance dependence and address your PD head-on, call Crest View Recovery Center today at 866-327-2505 to find a personality disorder treatment right for you. We’re here to help save your life.