Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder can be defined as a mental illness that causes long term damage in one’s personal relationships, behaviour and self-image.
This disorder can also cause dysfunction in an individual’s social life and career while adding serious emotional strain. Some people have dual diagnosis – in addition to developing an addiction to alcohol or other drugs they have a mental illness like borderline personality disorder that either is a result of the addiction of preceded the alcohol and drug abuse.

People with BPD often experience difficulty regulating their emotions, which can lead to impulsive behaviors, intense mood swings and unstable relationships. It is estimated that between 10% and 20% of people seeking treatment for addiction also exhibit symptoms of BPD, highlighting the relevance of addressing this condition in addiction recovery contexts.

Historically, BPD has been a controversial and misunderstood diagnosis. Initially named “”borderline,”” the term reflected the belief that individuals with this condition were “”on the border”” between neurosis and psychosis. However, this terminology has since been recognised as stigmatizing and misleading, leading to its revision. The more accurate and accepted term today is Borderline Personality Disorder.

The addiction recovery community has acknowledged the importance of addressing BPD within the context of rehabilitation and treatment. Professionals in this field have developed strategies to support individuals with BPD, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT focuses on enhancing emotional regulation, improving interpersonal skills and addressing self-destructive behaviors commonly observed in individuals with BPD.

It is worth noting that individuals with BPD may struggle with co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse. This further accentuates the significance of integrated treatment approaches that address all aspects of an individual’s mental health.

Whether you are seeking addiction treatment for yourself or supporting a loved one, understanding Borderline Personality Disorder can help you navigate the challenges that may arise. Remember that getting appropriate treatment for both addiction and BPD is essential for a successful recovery.

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