Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness characterized by patterns of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. Approximately 4 million people in the United States experienced BPD each year, making this disorder much more common than people realize. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) emphasized that those with BPD are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, as the disorder is very complex and many with the disorder also experience childhood trauma. Lack of awareness of behavioral patterns can make it challenging for someone with this disorder to cope effectively, making treatment a necessary component to well-being.
A 2014 study conducted by researchers from Germany titled, “Borderline Personality Disorder and Comorbid Addiction” highlighted that nearly 78% of adults with BPD develop a substance use disorder or addiction at some point or another in their lives. These individuals are more impulsive and less stable than BPD patients without addiction, and typically experience suicidal behaviors more often as well as shorter abstinence periods and greater periods of drop outs in treatment. For an individual with BPD, working towards a long-term goal may be considered more challenging for them if they yearn for short-term rewards.
Some individuals with BPD may engage in substance misuse to self-medicate to better cope with their symptoms. While substances such as alcohol and other drugs may prove to provide some form of relieve for a period, symptoms may be exacerbated or may return shortly once the substance has worn off, placing the individual with BPD at risk for developing an addiction or other psychiatric symptoms. In other cases, a person with BPD may be peer pressured to abuse substances as part of their environment.
If you have been diagnosed with BPD, you may feel as though your symptoms make it difficult to manage daily life. Fortunately, treatment and recovery are possible, and you are not alone. Treatment for this disorder often includes medication as well as therapy both at the individual and group levels, to help you develop tools towards better coping. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.