Personality Disorders

What are Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders are deeply ingrained, maladaptive patterns of behavior that significantly impact a person’s thoughts, emotions, and relationships. These disorders generally develop during adolescence or early adulthood and persist throughout a person’s life. 

Common Types of Personality Disorders

There are several types of personality disorders, including:

  1. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  2. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)
  3. Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD)
  4. Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  5. Avoidant Personality Disorder (APD)

How Personality Disorders Relate to Substance Abuse

The link between personality disorders and substance abuse is well-established. Individuals with personality disorders often turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their emotional pain, intense mood swings, and difficulty in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.

Factors Influencing Co-Occurrence

Several factors contribute to the co-occurrence of personality disorders and substance abuse, including:

  1. Genetic predisposition
  2. Environmental factors (e.g., trauma or stress)
  3. Neurobiological factors (e.g., brain chemistry)
  4. Difficulty coping with stress or emotions


The Dangers of Co-Occurring Disorders

When personality disorders and substance abuse co-occur, the consequences can be severe. Substance use can exacerbate the symptoms of the personality disorder, leading to increased impulsivity, aggression, and self-destructive behaviors. Moreover, the presence of a personality disorder can make it more difficult for individuals to recognize their need for help and engage in treatment for their substance use disorder.

Diagnosing Personality Disorders and Substance Abuse

Proper diagnosis is crucial for developing an effective treatment plan. At Turning Tides, our experienced clinicians conduct comprehensive assessments to identify the presence of both personality disorders and substance use disorders. This allows us to tailor treatment to address the unique needs of each individual.


Treatment Approaches at Turning Tides

Individualized Treatment Plans

We understand that each person's experience with personality disorders and substance abuse is unique. That's why our treatment plans are customized to address the specific needs of each individual. Our multidisciplinary team of professionals works together to develop a comprehensive and evidence-based plan to support the recovery journey.

Therapeutic Modalities

We offer a wide range of therapeutic modalities to address the complex needs of individuals with co-occurring personality disorders and substance use disorders, including:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  3. Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  4. Family Therapy
  5. Group Therapy
  6. Trauma-Informed Care
Dual Diagnosis Treatment

At Turning Tides, we specialize in treating individuals with co-occurring personality disorders and substance use disorders. Our dual-diagnosis treatment approach addresses both issues simultaneously, recognizing the interconnected nature of these disorders and the need for integrated care.

Holistic Approach

At Turning Tides, we believe in a holistic approach to treatment that addresses not only the psychological aspects of recovery but also the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our clients. This includes incorporating mindfulness practices, meditation, nutrition, and exercise into our comprehensive treatment plans.

The Importance of Aftercare

Continuing support is crucial for long-term success in recovery. Our aftercare program is designed to provide ongoing resources and support for clients as they navigate the challenges of maintaining sobriety and managing their personality disorder symptoms.

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Why Choose Turning Tides Premier Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center

At Turning Tides, we are committed to providing the highest quality care for individuals struggling with personality disorders and substance abuse. Our compassionate team of professionals and evidence-based treatment approaches provide the foundation for lasting recovery.

Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at Turning Tides

At Turning Tides Premier Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center, we recognize the unique challenges faced by individuals with personality disorders. In addition to our comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment program for those struggling with substance abuse, we offer a specialized Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. This dedicated program focuses on providing comprehensive and evidence-based care for individuals diagnosed with various personality disorders.

Specialized Treatment Modalities

In our Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders, we employ a variety of specialized therapeutic modalities proven effective in treating personality disorders. Some of these modalities include:

Schema Therapy

A psychotherapy approach that focuses on identifying and modifying maladaptive schemas (patterns of thoughts and behaviors) that contribute to personality disorder symptoms.

Mentalization-Based Therapy (MBT)

A therapeutic approach that helps individuals with personality disorders develop a better understanding of their own mental states and the mental states of others, improving emotional regulation and interpersonal functioning.

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP)

A psychodynamic therapy that aims to help individuals with personality disorders understand and change their patterns of relating to others by exploring the therapeutic relationship.

Customized Treatment Plans

Each client at our Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders receives a customized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and diagnosis. These treatment plans may include a combination of individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and skills training to help individuals develop healthier ways of managing their emotions and relationships.


Support for Loved Ones

We understand that the impact of personality disorders extends beyond the individual and often affects their loved ones as well. Our center offers support and resources for family members, including education about personality disorders, family therapy, and guidance on how to best support their loved ones during and after treatment.

Get Help at Turning Tides

If you or a loved one is struggling with a personality disorder and substance abuse, don’t hesitate to contact Turning Tides Premier Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center. Our expert team is ready to provide the support and guidance you need to achieve lasting recovery.

Understanding the complex relationship between personality disorders and substance abuse is crucial for providing effective treatment. At Turning Tides Premier Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center, our comprehensive and individualized approach ensures that each client receives the care and support they need to achieve lasting recovery.

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