At Alina Lodge, our team ensures that mental health treatment is the cornerstone of all of our addiction treatment programs. We recognize that mental health disorders are often present in people who have a dependence on drugs or alcohol. In fact, studies show that approximately half of those who suffer from mental health disorders also struggle with substance abuse or may develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
One common group of mental health disorders that we treat at Alina Lodge are personality disorders. If you are concerned that you may have a personality disorder that is fueling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, our Alina Lodge team has the addiction treatment and mental health treatment in New Jersey that you may need.
What Is a Personality Disorder?
Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by inflexible and unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. These inner experiences and behaviors often differ from the expectations of the culture in which someone lives.
People with a personality disorder also tend to view things in extremes, such as all good or all bad. Their opinions of other people can also change quickly. Someone who is seen as a friend one day may be considered an enemy or traitor the next. These shifting feelings can lead to intense and unstable relationships.
One of the most challenging aspects of a personality disorder is that no two people experience this disorder in the same way. However, some of the most typical symptoms of a personality disorder may include:
- Self-harming behavior, such as cutting
- Recurring thoughts of suicidal behaviors or threats
- Intense and highly changeable moods, with each episode lasting from a few hours to a few days
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
- Inappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling anger
- Difficulty trusting, which is sometimes accompanied by an irrational fear of other people’s intentions
What Are Different Types of Personality Disorders?
There are ten types of personality disorders that are grouped into three clusters, known as A, B, and C. Each cluster’s types share certain basic personality traits, but each disorder has its own distinguishing features.
- Cluster A is characterized by odd or eccentric behavior. This cluster includes paranoid personality disorder, which is when people are very distrustful of others and suspicious of their motives, and schizoid personality disorder, where people display little interest in forming personal relationships or partaking in social interactions.
- Cluster B is characterized by appearing dramatic, emotional, or erratic. Cluster B includes antisocial personality disorder, which causes people to manipulate or treat others harshly without expressing remorse for their actions, and borderline personality disorder, where people feel empty and abandoned, regardless of family or community support.
- Cluster C is characterized by appearing anxious or fearful. The most well-known condition in this cluster is obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder have an overwhelming need for order and strongly adhere to rules and regulations.
What Are Some Benefits of Mental Health Treatment?
The benefits of mental health treatment for personality disorders depend on how much people commit to their recovery. When someone is fully immersed in their treatment, the benefits may include:
- Coping strategies to deal with stress in a healthy way
- Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem
- Improved communication skills
- Repaired relationships with friends and family
- A support system of peers and staff
Receive Compassionate Care for Your Personality Disorder
Our Alina Lodge team emphasizes mental health treatment as part of our addiction treatment programs. If you feel as though a personality disorder could be accelerating your addiction, we can help. Contact our team today for more information about our mental health treatment programs by calling 833.685.1700 or completing our secure online form.