Some people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are likely to deal with their changing and intense BPD symptoms through drug and alcohol abuse, one of the more common compulsive behaviors found in people with BPD.
Because Borderline Personality Disorder and substance abuse often co-occur, people who have issues with both have been found to be less receptive to treatment because they feel they’re sufficiently self-medicating themselves. But drugs and alcohol are only a short-term solution — and not a very good one.
Not only does substance abuse have its own set of problems, but as you build up a tolerance to substances, you may feel the need to use more and more to feel an effect. This creates a vicious cycle of substance abuse and addiction that gets increasingly difficult to stop.
If you or someone you love is stuck in this cycle, what can you do?
Treating Substance Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder
Substance abuse, on its own, is a complex and tricky problem to deal with. A therapist usually has to help a patient get through the haze of drugs and alcohol to get to the root of whatever problems or issues are causing the substance abuse in the first place. Add on top of that the complexity of dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder, and you have an even more complex problem.
If you have Borderline Personality Disorder and a substance abuse issue, it’s recommended you seek professional help immediately before your situation gets worse. All the love and care from supportive friends or family can only do so much.
If you know someone who has both BPD and substance abuse issues, urge them to seek help as soon as possible. The most effective type of treatment will be a dual diagnosis treatment center, which can address both your BPD and substance abuse for a more complete and effective recovery.
DBT for BPD and Substance Abuse Treatment
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is one method of therapy can help treat both BPD and substance abuse. DBT can help you learn to better deal with your intense and ever-changing emotions so that you don’t feel the need to turn to substances to cope.
If you have Borderline Personality Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy can also help you learn to accept and ultimately control your behavior and your reactions to it. If you can find healthy ways to accept and control your behaviors, you likely won’t feel that you need drugs or alcohol as a stopgap treatment to your problems.