In many instances, someone will describe another person as “having a personality disorder.” While it may be a term that’s conversationally used to denote someone who acts rashly or is otherwise unpredictable, personality disorders are medical issues that can cause serious repercussions for sufferers and their families. Located in Portland, Maine, Liberty Bay Recovery offers a holistic approach to personality disorder treatment and the treatment of co-occurring abuse of alcohol and drugs. Our center uses family therapy, psychotherapy, and medication as a way to help individuals cope with mental illness.
We are able to prescribe and refill medication for anxiety and depression, but for other mental health concerns we refer out. Certainly, more severe mental health concerns may arise after you have some time clean and sober. If these traits emerge, or they were not disclosed during admission, we do our best to find outside psychiatric help while you are receiving treatment.
Personality disorders often have both genetic and environmental components, and the onset is often gradual. Symptoms may begin to show during adolescence. Those with personality disorders may have sudden outbursts, have trouble forming and keeping relationships, and eventually abuse drugs and alcohol. They may feel isolated and in conflict with themselves and with others. Those who suffer from personality disorders may be locked into destructive thought and behavior patterns, making independent change extremely difficult or impossible. Those who seek insight into their destructive patterns and who are determined to improve often find success in rehab.
Personality disorders share some characteristics, but they are divided into three main categories, or clusters: odd/eccentric, erratic/emotional, and anxious/fearful. While these are just a few symptoms of personality disorders, it’s important to receive a diagnosis from a properly trained medical professional before mapping out a treatment plan.
Cluster A – Odd or eccentric behavior
- Schizoid Personality Disorder – Individuals who suffer from this disorder tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts, emotions, and feelings. They often have trouble reading social cues and can appear isolated and withdrawn.
- Schizotypal Personality Disorder – Individuals who suffer from this disorder tend to be uncomfortable in social settings or while interacting with others. They may act indifferently or inappropriately, and they sometimes become paranoid.
- Paranoid Personality Disorder – Individuals with paranoid personality disorder are usually distrustful and suspicious. Because they believe people to be unfaithful or disloyal, they may appear angry or guarded around other people.
Cluster B – Dramatic, emotional, or erratic behavior
- Borderline Personality Disorder – Individuals with this condition are often attention-seeking and unstable in their personal lives and relationships. They may have issues with mood swings, impulsivity, and volatility.
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Individuals with this disorder have extreme difficulty handling failure and are desperate to be seen as powerful and/or successful. They sometimes exaggerate achievements in order to receive praise.
- Antisocial Personality Disorder – Individuals with this disorder tend to hurt other people and not care. They tend to be both callous and irresponsible, and they sometimes face legal issues as a result of their actions.
Cluster C – Anxious, fearful behavior
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder – This is different from obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is related to anxiety. This personality disorder is characterized by extreme perfectionism and inflexibility. Individuals with this disorder often have a need to be in control at all times and may be what many refer to as “control freaks.”
- Dependent Personality Disorder – Individuals with this disorder have an extreme reliance on support from others. They may need help and reassurance in even very simple decision-making. They fear rejection and tend to be extremely submissive, often staying in unhealthy or abusive relationships.
- Avoidant Personality Disorder – These individuals have trouble relating to others and are often extremely anxious and shy when in social situations. They have trouble accepting criticism because they take it very personally.
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While personality disorders can be debilitating, there is help available, and those who suffer from them can begin to heal and develop healthy patterns and coping mechanisms. All too often, those with untreated personality disorders turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope, and they may become addicted to one or more substances.
Addiction is incredibly dangerous on many levels, and when combined with a personality disorder, it can be life-ruining. When you call Liberty Bay Recovery, you are taking the first step toward helping yourself, or a loved one, escape the grasp of a personality disorder and addiction.
Liberty Bay accepts a variety of insurances, including United Health Care, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, ValueOptions, UMR (United Medical Resources), Providence Health Plans, GEHA (Government Employee Health Association), Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare. Even if you have no insurance, Liberty Bay offers several reduced-cost self-pay options so you can afford the help you need.
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When you’re ready to quit using drugs and alcohol and properly treat your personality disorder, or if you have a loved one who is willing to do the same, contact Liberty Bay Recovery. When you spend time here in Portland, Maine and focus on your recovery and bettering your life, you take a step toward a brighter future and a fuller life.