TOP 10: Personality Disorders and Addiction

Very rarely does one report to an addiction treatment center suffering from just a substance use disorder alone.

It can be roughly estimated that 70% of those that struggle with substance use disorders also struggle with other co-occuring disorders. Some of the most difficult to overcome are the personality disorders.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. A person with a personality disorder has trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. This causes significant problems and limitations in relationships, social activities, work and school.

Our goal in this week’s Facebook Live with Dr. Leddi Fraser, Dr. Jeffrey Huttman, and Blake Cohen  was to describe our Top 10 list of various traits that may be present in someone struggling with personality disorders such as Antisocial Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder. We also discuss how these traits may manifest themselves and how they may further impede the progress of someone struggling with a substance use disorder.

Some of the highlights this week were:

  • Cognitions (#1)

  • Focusing mostly on Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD), here we discuss the way the individual integrates and perceives themselves, other people, events, and the rest of the world. Typically their perceptions are distorted to a degree which can cause great difficulting in their life.

  • Interpersonal Functioning/ Lack of Remorse for Actions (#3)

  • Normally associated with Antisocial Personality Disorders (APD), we discuss here how the person relates to others in terms of empathy, caring, concern, power dynamics, and social skills. We discuss here the person that lies, manipulates, and deceives all for their own amusement.

  • Failure to Obey the Law(#5)

  • Also criteria for those suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder, we discuss the proclivity one may have for endangering themselves or other's, breaking the law, and their difficulties in aligning with authority.

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*If you or a loved one are struggling with Addiction, Alcoholism, or any Co-occurring disorders:

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