Addiction And Borderline Personality Disorder With Dr. Fox
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Approximately 78% of those with BPD also have a substance abuse disorder or addition some time in their life. Substance abuse significantly negatively impacts BPD symptoms and treatment.
Knowledge will help you understand and seek treatment to manage your substance abuse and BPD issues. These are both treatable issues, and the power of knowledge is the first step.
Individuals with BPD often use substances in an attempt to manage emotions perceived as overwhelmingly negative or to replace these by a pleasant state, such as feeling intoxicated (self-medication hypothesis).
The drive to use addictive substances can be triggered by factors related to the social environment, such as peer pressure and negative interactions. Substances are frequently taken with the intention to produce a state similar to dissociation or psychological separation. This continued use typically ends up in addiction.
Individuals with BPD and comorbid substance abuse issues are more impulsive, have a greater impaired ability to work towards adaptive and healthy goals, have a greater degree of agitation and lower frustration tolerance, are at a lower probability to achieve successful treatment. Remissions in BPD individuals without comorbid addiction were four times more likely to occur within a period of six years compared with individuals with comorbid substance abuse and BPD issues.
Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Texas, international speaker, and award winning author. He has been specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for over 15 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. His specialty areas include personality disorders, ethics, burnout prevention, and emotional intelligence.
He has published several articles in these areas and is the author of:
The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook: An Integrative Program to Understand and Manage Your BPD. Available May 1, 2019, but you can pre-order it now at:
Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook: Treatment Strategies for Cluster B Personality Disorders (IPBA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award Winner):
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox: 55 Practical Treatment Techniques for Clients, Their Parents & Their Children:
The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders:
Dr. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders, personality disorders and crime, treatment solutions for treating clients along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum, emotional intelligence, managing mental health within the prison system, and others. Dr. Fox maintains a website of various treatment interventions focused on working with and attenuating the symptomatology related to individuals along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum (
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Kienast, T., Stoffers, J., Bermpohl, F., & Lieb, K. (2014). Borderline personality disorder and comorbid addiction: epidemiology and treatment. Deutsches Arzteblatt international, 111(16), 280-6.