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What is Personality Disorders?

The presence of substance abuse is prevalent in those who have personality disorders. There are many different types of personality disorders, and they all come with their own symptoms, which can be difficult to deal with on a daily basis, leading many individuals to become involved with drugs or alcohol. While mind-altering substances like drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary reprieve from the symptoms of a personality disorder, when consumed consistently over time, these substances can actually make symptoms of personality disorders much more severe. Unfortunately, by that time, most people are already addicted to the substance, making it difficult for them to quit ingesting it. When this happens, treatment from an addiction recovery program can help. It’s important for clients to receive dual diagnosis treatment in order for them to address both their substance abuse and its underlying causes, including personality disorders. 

Various Types of Personality

There are ten types of personality disorders that are commonly recognized in the mental health field. These disorders affect a number of different areas, including:

  • The way a person thinks about themself or others
  • The way a person responds emotionally to experiences throughout life
  • The way a person relates to other people
  • The way a person controls their own behavior

The ten recognized personality disorders are:

  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder

The Effects Of Personality Disorders On The Mind

  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder: A person who has obsessive-compulsive personality disorder may be consistently preoccupied with orderliness and control. They often overly focus on details and may be inflexible when it comes to their morals and values. 
  • Narcissistic personality disorder: This type of personality disorder may create a lack of empathy for others and feeling a need for the admiration of others. Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder may exhibit a sense of entitlement. 
  • Histrionic personality disorder: Feeling excessive emotions and seeking attention are symptoms of histrionic personality disorder. People with this disorder may feel uncomfortable when they are not the center of attention and experience rapid shifts in their emotions. 
  • Borderline personality disorder: Exhibited by feelings of poor self-worth, intense emotions, and instability in personal relationships. 
  • Antisocial personality disorder: People who have antisocial personality disorder may act impulsively, may lie or deceive others, or may violate the rights of others. 
  • Avoidant personality disorder: Feelings of inadequacy, extreme shyness, and sensitivity to criticism characterize those with avoidant personality disorder. 
  • Dependent personality disorder: Those with dependent personality disorder have difficulty making choices, feel uncomfortable when alone, and feel they need to be taken care of. 
  • Paranoid personality disorder: Paranoid personality disorder causes sufferers to feel suspicious of those around them. 
  • Schizoid personality disorder: People with schizoid personality disorder tend to express few emotions and feel detached from others. 
  • Schizotypal personality disorder: Many people with schizotypal personality disorder have social anxiety and may have odd beliefs or behaviors. 

Getting Help With Personality Disorder and Substance Abuse

Dual-diagnosis treatment centers are well-equipped to address both instances of addiction and mental health conditions such as personality disorders. These programs, like the ones here at First Steps Recovery, help clients to overcome their addiction and treat the underlying cause of their dependence on drugs or alcohol. While personality disorders can be worsened by drug or alcohol addiction, dual-diagnosis recovery programs are able to help clients move forward with their lives. 

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Variety of Co-Occurring Mental Health Treatments We Offer

We treat a variety of different substance abuse and mental health issues at our facilities. Whether you find yourself or a loved one addicted to substance abuse or struggling with mental health disorders, we’re fully equipped to provide you with the help you need.

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