Personality Disorders and Substance Use Disorder
Data shows that approximately 40 million people in the United States suffer from a personality disorder. A personality disorder is defined as, “a deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behavior of a specific kind, typically manifested by the time one reaches adolescence and causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in society.” For anyone who suffers from one or more personality disorders, managing the negative symptoms associated with each can feel as though life is overwhelming, especially if the person has not yet been diagnosed.
Depending on the personality disorder the person suffers from, they may experience a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. Some personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder, may cause the person to feel very afraid of being abandoned, which may lead them to make an irrational decision if the wrong circumstances occur. While alcoholism does not cause the development of a personality disorder, the pain and emotional suffering caused by having a personality disorder may lead someone to alcoholism.
The characteristics associated with some personality disorders include impulsive behavior, in which a person make irrational decisions without giving much thought to the consequences or potential outcome of their behavior. Other symptoms of various personality disorders may include: anger, irresponsibility, sensitivity, demanding, anxiety, approval-seeking, dishonest, and more. If someone experiences any of these symptoms, they may easily make decisions to drink in order to cope with the unwanted feeling, starting them on a path towards destruction.
If someone suspects that they or a loved one is suffering from a personality disorder, they should consult a healthcare professional to obtain an official diagnosis. Understanding what we are going through is the first step towards better managing our symptoms. Furthermore, seeking help immediately can prevent the person from developing a substance use disorder – a battle than can potentially be avoided.
From the effects of our childhood, we all have something that we are working through. By knowing what it is we suffer from, we take control over our experiences and make responsible decisions to improve our health and well-being. There are so many resources out there to assist individuals who suffer from a personality disorder and even a co-occurring substance abuse disorder. Treatment may include medication, therapy, support groups, and more. By speaking with a doctor, one can feel more confident and aware of what they are going through and can overcome their challenges by beginning their journey to recovery.
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