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Personality Disorder

For those with personality disorders, day-to-day social interactions that many people take for granted can become confusing, frustrating experiences. Personality disorders are marked by difficulty with alternative perspectives and an inability to understand the context of others’ or one’s own actions. In practice, a person with a personality disorder will act one way — often outside of social norms or destructively — and struggle to grasp why others act differently. Since their actions seem reasonable to themselves, those with personality disorders tend to have trouble seeing the consequences of their actions and can easily become irritated or defeated in social situations. Personality disorders are classified in three clusters. Cluster A disorders are characterized by “eccentric” paranoid or schizoid behaviors; Cluster B disorders are characterized by dramatic, attention-seeking habits or extreme sensitivity; and Cluster C disorders are characterized by anxious or obsessive tendencies. A few commonly-known personality disorders include:

  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder

Personality Disorders and Addiction

The underlying causes of many personality disorders, particularly Cluster B and C disorders, are thought to be a combination of genetic factors and abnormal brain chemistry. In many cases, the brain chemistry aspect of personality disorders seems to be brought on by traumatic developmental or social events like abuse or neglect. The deep-seated emotional burden of trauma can cause fear and pain reactions to appear as a personality disorder — being narcissistic or attention-seeking could be a reaction to a chronically lonely childhood, for example. If you consider a personality disorder this way, it follows that co-occurring alcohol and drug abuse are not uncommon. Many of those masking their emotional distress behind disordered behaviors will also turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism — according to a seminal study in the 1980s, between 43 and 77 percent of those with a personality disorder had also abused drugs or alcohol.

Treating Personality Disorders and Addiction

A few personality disorders respond well to medications, but most of them require specialized therapies and dedicated, long-term support. Just like addiction, managing a personality disorder can be a lifelong choice that you make and must maintain. If you have a co-occurring personality disorder and addiction, it is vital that you choose a recovery facility that can help you control both. Many facilities are not equipped to treat dual diagnoses, and will not be able to understand the unique challenges presented by personality disorders. A staff that is knowledgeable about typical personality disorder behaviors will know the best way to respond to mood swings, compulsions or emotional needs.

Personality Disorder Support at Villa Tranquil

At Villa Tranquil, we are committed to women’s mental health and your successful, long-lasting recovery. No matter what difficulties you face, it is our goal to help you find the resources you need to heal. We know that addiction often goes hand in hand with many different mental disorders, so we are prepared to provide a safe place for women with dual diagnoses, including those with personality disorders. Our amenities and our women’s therapy and counseling programs are designed to help you find the right combination of treatments for you, including:

  • 24/7 staff One-on-one and group therapy resources
  • Support groups
  • Social activities
  • Healthy boundary and co-dependency workshops
  • Transportation to offsite therapy activities

Our holistic approach to addiction treatment means that we aim to heal you as a whole — your mind, body and spirit — rather than just your addiction. Your mental health is our priority because we know that when we give you the tools to manage your addiction and personality disorder, you can leave Villa Tranquil with the confidence to find recovery without relapse.

Contact Villa Tranquil

If you or a loved one are struggling with a co-occurring personality disorder and addiction, we encourage you to seek treatment right away. Our peaceful Jupiter Farms, Florida location is a calming retreat where women ages 18 to 65 can find their way back to a substance-free life. Call Villa Tranquil today at 866-697-7573 to find out if our program is right for you, or to learn more about the resources available to you as you take your first steps toward recovery.