Borderline Personality Disorder & Addiction

[vc_custom_heading text=”Borderline Personality Disorder & Addiction” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_single_image image=”3836″ img_size=”600×300″ alignment=”center”]While there are many mental and emotional health disorders with elevated rates of comorbidity with addiction, borderline personality disorder is one that research shows has particularly high rates of comorbidity. In other words, it’s particularly common for people suffering from borderline personality disorder to become addicted to alcohol or drugs. At a glance, this would seem to suggest some sort of causality, meaning that one disorder leads to the other. But is that actually the case? If not, what is the relationship between borderline personality disorder and addiction?

 

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Just as the spectrum of human emotion is broad and diverse, so too are the various mental and emotional health disorders that can develop in the mind. In fact, it’s only relatively recently that we’ve really begun to understand how the brain works, how mental and emotional disorders develop, and how these disorders should be addressed, and we’ve hardly even scratched the surface. Of course, some mental and emotional health disorders — e.g. depression, anxiety disorder — are somewhat straightforward, but there are some that are much more complex, including borderline personality disorder.

Borderline personality disorder — known as BPD for short and sometimes alternately referred to as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) — is mental health disorder that’s characterized by long-term patterns of abnormal or maladaptive behavior. In particular, people who suffer from borderline personality disorder tend to exhibit such characteristics as having volatile and unstable relationships with others, have a very poor sense of self, and tend to have very unstable, unpredictable emotions. In fact, people with borderline personality disorder are known to commonly inflict self-harm and other, similarly dangerous behaviors.[vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Depression And Addiction” color=”info” size=”lg” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjustbelieverecoverypa.com%2Fdual-diagnosis-treatment%2Fdepression-addiction%2F|||”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PTSD And Addiction” color=”info” size=”lg” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjustbelieverecoverypa.com%2Fdual-diagnosis-treatment%2Fdepression-addiction%2F|||”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Anxiety And Addiction” color=”info” size=”lg” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjustbelieverecoverypa.com%2Fdual-diagnosis-treatment%2Fanxiety-addiction%2F|||”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Eating Disorders And Addiction” color=”info” size=”lg” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjustbelieverecoverypa.com%2Fdual-diagnosis-treatment%2Feating-disorder-and-addiction%2F|||”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Sex and Addiction” color=”info” size=”lg” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjustbelieverecoverypa.com%2Fdual-diagnosis-treatment%2Fsex-and-addiction%2F|||”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”Gambling And Addiction” color=”info” size=”lg” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fjustbelieverecoverypa.com%2Fdual-diagnosis-treatment%2Fgambling-and-addiction%2F|||”][vc_custom_heading text=”Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]More often than not, patterns of behavior and other characteristics that are associated with borderline personality disorder emerge in late adulthood. Further, these characteristics and behavioral patterns can manifest across a wide variety of scenarios.

As for the cause(s) of borderline personality disorder, the current consensus among scientists, researchers, and other professionals is that there’s not one singular source or borderline personality disorder. Moreover, research has shown that there’s high rates of comorbidity with borderline personality disorder, meaning that it’s quite common for secondary, co-occurring diagnoses to develop alongside borderline personality disorder with the most common being eating disorders, substance use disorder, and depression.

The many scenarios in which symptoms of borderline personality disorder can manifest are largely broken into the following categories: environment, social, and biological. However, rather than any one category being largely responsible for a person’s having developed borderline personality disorder, research has shown that it’s much more common for the development of borderline personality disorder to be the result of multiple independent causes, representing more than one of the aforementioned categories.[vc_custom_heading text=”Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]While there’s a level of variation that’s inherent to borderline personality disorder when it comes to the symptoms, there are still a number of specific characteristics and hallmarks that tend to be exhibited by individuals who suffer from borderline personality disorder. In particular, individuals with borderline personality disorder have a very poor, vague, or even a disturbed sense of personal identity; in other words, the individual feels very little continuity over time when it comes to who he or she is as a person. This can result in what seems like profound changes in personality and demeanor, even over relatively short periods of time.

Additionally, people who suffer from borderline personality disorder often go to great lengths and are excessive when it comes to avoiding abandonment, which can be a real threat of abandonment or imagined abandonment and paranoia. Those with borderline personality disorder have a tendency toward binary, or very black-and-white, thinking. As such, there’s very little chance of compromising with a borderline individual. Beyond binary thinking, there’s often an affinity for impulsive, reckless, and otherwise dangerous behaviors. Finally, emotional responses tend to be disproportionate and possibly contradictory to the situation.[vc_custom_heading text=”Borderline Personality Disorder & Addiction” use_theme_fonts=”yes”]As you can probably see from the description provided above, borderline personality disorder is quite a different mental health disorder when compared to addiction, including behavioral addictions like sex and gambling addiction. However, studies have shown that people with borderline personality disorder are more likely to develop addictions to alcohol and drugs than the population overall. Does this mean that there’s a relationship between the two?

 

Is There A Relationship?

To be clear, borderline personality disorder and addiction are quite different. While one is essentially a form of impulse-control disorder, the other only pertains to impulse control insofar as poor impulse control is just one of many symptoms. But the elevated rate of addiction among individuals who suffer from borderline personality disorder might suggest some sort of correlation.

Despite the differences, there are some similarities between the two. For instance, both disorders involve unpredictable and volatile emotional responses. Additionally, both afflictions impact cognition and a person’s ability to implement logic and reasoning. Both afflictions can lead to behaviors that compromise physical health and well-being. Fortunately, both afflictions can be treated, too.

Though both borderline personality disorder and addiction are debilitating afflictions, one cannot be definitively attributed to the other. However, the evidence does, in fact, show that people with borderline personality disorder have an increased chance of becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs. It seems this is due to the impulsivity of borderline individuals; as they’re prone to impulsive and reckless behavior, substance abuse could certainly be a natural extension to the impulsivity of borderline individuals though that doesn’t definitively mean there’s causality between the two.

 

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With the right combination of counseling, group therapy, and supplemental treatments, individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder and addiction can achieve stable, lasting health. For more information about our dual-diagnosis treatment program in Carbondale, PA, or to learn more about our various treatments and support options, call Just Believe Recovery today at 877-871-3356.

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