Although many people are not familiar with the four types of borderline personality disorder (BPD), the differences between the types are substantial and important to understand. In certain instances, borderline personality disorder co-occurs with alcoholism, presenting a complex dual diagnosis.
Alcoholism is medically considered to be a disease. It is an addictive illness that is centered around a person’s dependence on alcohol. Alcoholism usually involves uncontrollable or compulsive behavior in the presence of alcohol. Alcoholism often negatively affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life.
Additionally, this disease has the capability to dangerously impact almost every organ in the body, including the brain, heart and liver. Alcoholism is a serious condition that requires equally serious treatment if a person is to fully recover from it.
People with impulsive personality disorder often have substance abuse issues. In many cases, the substance of choice for people with impulsive personality disorder is alcohol. This should come as no surprise. Those with impulsive type BPD love to be in the limelight and are typically viewed as social butterflies. Alcohol helps to facilitate this part of their disorder and lives.
People with borderline personality disorder usually suffer from anxiety, insecurity, and low self-esteem, even if these characteristics are not immediately noticeable. Alcohol can help to make these people feel more comfortable in the presence of others, but reliance on alcohol in this matter can quickly become a slippery slope that eventually spirals into full-blown alcoholism.
Some of the common signs of impulsive personality disorder are:
Some of the common signs of alcoholism are similar to the signs of alcohol abuse, which experts make a distinction between. Signs of both alcoholism and alcohol abuse include:
Like all mental illnesses, it is difficult to identify a sole factor as a cause for borderline personality disorder. This mental health condition is thought to be the result of multiple factors, all of which contribute to the complexity of the condition. However, researchers have been able to identify childhood trauma as a major potential cause for BPD. Other causes that have been supported through research include genetic factors, neurobiological factors, congenital brain abnormalities as well as other factors, like family instability.
Similar to impulsive personality disorder, alcoholism is thought to occur as a result of many different causes. Genetic factors are among the most common, however, accounting for nearly half of the risk for alcoholism across the board.
When impulsive personality disorder and alcoholism coexist, it is important that both conditions are treated thoroughly to ensure a full recovery. There are no medications that treat BPD, but there are medications available that can help manage some of the symptoms of the disorder. Talk therapy is often considered to be the most effective method for treating BPD.
Alcoholism treatment should be taken seriously as an attempt to quit alcohol without medical supervision can be dangerous for those with severe cases of alcoholism. Treatment options for alcoholism include both medications and behavioral therapy.
People undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse might also be interested in incorporating one or more holistic activities which have been said or shown to improve the recovery process.
Some of these activities to be considered include:
Discuss any possible alternative or holistic approaches to alcohol withdrawal and recovery with a licensed medical professional before initiating activities. Some sufferers of alcohol abuse might not be in a stable enough condition to engage in activities like yoga. If these types of activities and treatment methods are approved by a medical professional, however, they might ease the recovery process for a patient.
Recovering from these conditions can seem like an intimidating process. However, with comprehensive treatment, it is absolutely possible to once again lead a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. If you’d like to take the first step on your journey to recovery, pick up the phone and call us today.