Everything you experience in life shapes your personality. There’s substantial evidence that genetics also play a role. Personality disorders occur when your ways of feeling, thinking, and acting are at odds with what those around you consider normal. In some cases, these disorders also contribute to substance abuse problems.
Personality Disorders Put You at Odds with Your Environment
Some people come across as eccentric. Society tends to cut them some slack. But paranoia, solitary life preferences, or peculiar behaviors can make you stand out. Many people don’t like the scrutiny they receive.
Another set of personality disorders displays erratic and overly dramatic behaviors. You may be impulsive, present with anger issues, or try to be the center of attention at all times. It’s not unusual for moods to shift quickly. Some people, who fall into this category, believe that they can get away with things because they’re special.
On the other end of the spectrum are anxious behaviors. You don’t want to be the center of attention nor have people notice you. You may show signs of an obsessive-compulsive disorder or require around-the-clock reassurance from others.
The Development of a Dual Diagnosis
Personality disorders make it exceedingly difficult to function within your peer group. You know that something’s wrong, but you don’t know what it is. You feel like you don’t fit in. It’s not surprising to develop anxiety or depression in the process.
Few people will seek the help of a psychiatrist and receive a diagnosis. They try to deal with life themselves. For some, this includes the abuse of drugs or alcohol. You self-medicate to handle the stress, confusion, and disappointment that being different causes.
Over time, the combination of the underlying disorder and substance abuse creates a dual diagnosis. You’re now struggling with a dependency on a drug as well as the initial condition. When you seek help at the Woodlands Recovery Centers, we start with an evaluation for co-occurring disorders.
Getting Help for Substance Abuse and Underlying Conditions
A dual diagnosis assessment helps us to begin treatment for conditions that contribute to drug abuse. For example, you’re struggling with anxiety. You started abusing alcohol to loosen up. By treating the addiction and the anxiety, we help you eliminate one root of the substance abuse.
However, you also need to receive treatment for any underlying personality disorders. We combine a broad range of substance abuse treatment interventions in this effort. Examples of modalities include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy, which assists with pattern recognition and change
- Dialectical behavior treatment that supports emotional regulation in challenging situations
- Trauma therapy as a means for overcoming unresolved issues from the past
- Family therapy, which is an excellent framework for addressing co-dependency
- Mindfulness training that helps you to live in the now rather than in the past or worrying about the future
Selecting the Right Treatment Model at Woodlands Recovery Centers
The right treatment model depends on the severity of your condition. The majority of clients with a dual diagnosis do well in a residential treatment setting. You live at the facility and immerse yourself in the therapeutic environment. Stays range from 30 to 90 days.
If your disease is not as severe, a partial hospitalization is another option. You live at home but spend the day at the facility. It’s an excellent middle-of-the-road compromise. On the downside, you do miss out on the peer group activities that take place after treatment sessions.
Other treatment options include intensive outpatient programs that provide part-time rehab. Yet no matter what setup you select, consider that you can overcome addiction with underlying personality disorders. You don’t have to keep suffering any longer. Contact the Woodlands Recovery Centers today by calling 855-752-3377 now.