Borderline Personality Disorder and Drug Abuse

Borderline Personality Disorder and Drug AbuseBorderline personality disorder (BPD) is a physiological disorder affecting the limbic system of the brain. As a result Seattle residents with BPD experience extreme difficulty in regulating their emotions. Because BPD is a disorder with some biological roots, prescription drugs are often dispensed to help sufferers better manage their symptoms.

Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction

People suffering with BPD may turn to drugs as a means to alleviate symptoms. For a short time drugs numb or minimize the emotional upheaval associated BPD. However the emotional pain returns after a short time, but the drug user must endure withdrawal symptoms. Over time the cycle of use, withdrawal and more use can create physical and emotional dependence. Some of the common drugs given to BPD patients can create dependency issues. Anti-anxiety drugs like Ativan, Xanax and Valium can be habit-forming even when used as directed.

Why Professional Intervention for Drug Abuse Is Necessary

Several factors necessitate professional help for dealing with borderline personality disorder and drug addiction. These factors include the following:

  • Similar symptoms: Some of the symptoms for BPD are similar to those of a drug or alcohol addict. Moodiness, depression, paranoia and suicidal thoughts or attempts are common for both addicts and people with BPD. Because of the complex relationship between drug addiction and borderline personality disorder professional intervention and treatment is absolutely necessary.
  • Common relapse: People with BPD who try to quit their drug use on their own often relapse because of the intense emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms. They think they can manage their own recovery but soon discover that they cannot. This leads to feelings of helplessness which can perpetuate the cycle of drug addiction.
  • Self-medicating: People with co-occurring BPD and drug addiction think they can self-medicate to cope with their symptoms. They may initially seek medical help but then try to modulate the medication on their own. Alternately they may try to use drugs illicitly as a means to self-medicate. Drug misuse leads to dependency and addiction, even if the reasons behind the use are simply to manage symptoms.

Because of the complex relationship between addiction and BPD a Seattle resident who suffers from both should seek professional help.

Drug Addiction Help

If you are struggling with BPD and drug abuse or addiction, get help immediately. Do not try to overcome your addiction alone. Call our toll-free number any time to talk to a recovery counselor who can discuss addiction treatment options and help you determine the best course of action for your specific situation. Call us today to start on the road to recovery.