Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and addiction often co-occur and have similar signs and symptoms. A dual diagnosis treatment program can help those struggling with BPD and addiction.

Start the road to recovery

(877) 746-0480

Call Now

Treatment Center Locator

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-8937

SUWS of the Carolinas

Old Fort, NC

Residential

844-811-2644

The Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Treasure Valley Recovery

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

866-831-4706

America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

877-484-7367

Covington Behavioral Health Hospital

Covington, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-454-4120

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Future Now Detox

Palm Springs, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-325-0525

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

Recovery First Treatment Center – Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-603-7860

Timberline Knolls for Women

Lemont, IL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-200-8406

Wellness Counseling Vida Entera

Lake Elsinore, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-929-2029

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-334-8400

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Phoenix Behavioral Healthcare

Hobe Sound, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-945-1119

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

Stuart, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-937-0191

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

San Jose Behavioral Health Hospital

San Jose, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-299-9809

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Chandler, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-338-0838

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

Multiple Levels of Care

844-408-1433

Relevance Behavioral Health

Freehold, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-734-3524

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

888-341-1174

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

Multiple Levels of Care

855-729-4891

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-275-3956

Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-283-0199

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness characterized by a distorted self-image, impulsiveness, extreme emotions and intense, unstable relationships. Individuals with BPD often suffer from other psychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.

People with borderline personality disorder have high rates of suicidal behaviors and substance abuse.

Researchers believe several factors contribute to a person’s development of borderline personality disorder, including:

  • Genetics – BPD often runs in families, leading scientists to believe genetics play a role in the disorder. Certain inherited temperaments or personality traits, such as aggression, may increase BPD risk when combined with environmental factors.
  • Neurotransmitters – Altered functioning of neurotransmitters in the brain—specifically serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline—may make a person more likely to develop BPD. These neurotransmitters are responsible for the regulation of certain emotions and urges.
  • Neurobiology – Studies have found that certain regions of the brain are often smaller or more active in those with BPD. The three areas in particular are the amygdala, the hippocampus and the orbitofrontal cortex.
  • Environmental factors – There are several environmental factors that seem to be common among those with BPD. These factors include childhood trauma and growing up in an unstable family situation or around people with mental disorders or substance use problems.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

Addiction and BPD often occur concurrently. Two-thirds of individuals suffering from BPD have abused a substance at some point in their lives. Many BPD sufferers use drugs to mask their symptoms or to feel better about themselves, making substance abuse common among those with this disorder. For some, it can be a form of self-medication that brings feelings of calm.

The symptoms and signs of BPD and addiction are very similar.

Both conditions are characterized by extreme mood swings, self-destructive behaviors, deceitful actions, and unstable relationships and careers. These similarities make it difficult to diagnose both conditions separately. Often, a single condition is diagnosed first and the other is discovered later. Treating co-occurring addiction and BPD is also quite challenging. Given that those with BPD are already prone to emotional instability, adding drugs or alcohol to the mix can make their behaviors and choices even more erratic. One of the biggest struggles in treating these co-occurring disorders is getting the patient to complete the treatment program.

Addicts with BPD have been described as both treatment demanding and treatment resistant. Research shows more positive outcomes the longer an addict with BPD stays in treatment, yet keeping them in treatment is no easy task. In a study of patients in a detox program, those with BPD were significantly more likely to have an unplanned discharge than those without BPD.

- Dr. David Sack, Psych Central, 2012

While diagnosing and treating these disorders can be difficult, there is an increasing number of facilities that offer dual diagnosis programs for BPD and addiction.

Questions about treatment?

Get confidential help 24/7. Call now for:

  • Access to top treatment centers
  • Caring, supportive guidance
  • Financial assistance options
(855) 826-4464

BPD Symptoms and Effects

Symptoms of BPD are often confused with symptoms of substance abuse, which can make BPD difficult to recognize. However, therapists have made great strides over the past 20 years in understanding and diagnosing BPD and addiction.

Common borderline personality disorder symptoms include:

  • Intense emotional swings
  • Extreme episodes of depression or anxiety
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Extreme changes in perceptions of others
  • Paranoia
  • Episodes of extreme anger or aggression
  • Lack of or unstable sense of self
  • Intense fear of being alone
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Manipulative behavior

Some people with BPD may also lapse into brief psychotic episodes when under stress.

The effects of BPD leave individuals with an extremely low feeling of self-worth. Their impulsive behavior and bouts of anger can often push others away, leaving them isolated. This isolation can lead to extreme anxiety or depression, as many people with BPD have a fear of being alone or abandoned. People suffering from BPD are often unsure of their sense of self and are constantly trying to change who they are in an effort to build relationships.

Ready to get help?

Don’t waste another second. Enter your number to receive a call
from a compassionate treatment expert.

Make a Call (855) 826-4464

- OR -

Request a Call
(877) 746-0480

Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Addiction and BPD can be treated simultaneously in rehabs that offer dual diagnosis programs. These programs provide both psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment services. Various modes of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, are used in rehab to help patients identify the thought patterns that cause their impulsive behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapy also helps patients to better manage their emotions so they don’t have to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope.

Co-occurring substance abuse is treated with the help of a physician that oversees the patient’s withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.

Addiction and BPD can be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on the severity of the disorders.

If you or your loved one is struggling with co-occurring BPD and addiction, contact a compassionate treatment provider for help finding a dual diagnosis program.

 

Treatment professionals are waiting for your call

(855) 826-4464

Take control of your life

Our treatment providers offer 24/7 assistance.

  • Access to top treatment centers
  • Caring, supportive guidance
  • Financial assistance options

Call now:

(855) 826-4464

OR

Have us call you:

(877) 746-0480

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by one of our treatment partners below.

All calls are private and confidential. Find out more about Addiction Center.

A treatment facility paid to have their center promoted here. Learn more about how to be featured in a paid listing.