Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that can cause much turmoil to arise in the lives of those afflicted by it. Individuals who suffer from borderline personality disorder, also known as BPD, face turbulent patterns of fluctuations in their emotions, which ultimately hinders their ability to function appropriately on a daily basis. These individuals are plagued by severe instability and often act out in ways that are impulsive and unorthodox, which often leads to a number of problems arising within the various aspects of their lives. Some individuals with BPD also battle addictions to drugs and alcohol, which compounds the severity of the negative effects that they face. At Wellness Resource Center, we recognize how all-consuming the symptoms of borderline personality disorder can be, and we understand how substance abuse can cause those symptoms to worsen. For this reason, we have developed programming that specializes in treating dual diagnosis concerns so that those who come to us for care can rediscover a healthier, happier, and brighter future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be extremely difficult to know how to help a family member or loved one who is battling the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. And if he or she is dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol in addition to struggling with the symptoms of BPD, you are likely feeling an immense amount of concern as to what the future holds for your loved one. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to be of assistance to him or her:
- Learn all that you can about borderline personality disorder. Understanding the symptoms of this illness can help you gain insight into how your loved one thinks and why he or she behaves the way that he or she does.
- Accept that your loved one has an illness, but refrain from engaging in unhealthy relationship patterns that allow him or her to be fully dependent on you.
- Research treatment centers that offer care for those battling borderline personality disorder, as well as address co-occurring substance abuse concerns.
- Sit down with your loved one and express your concerns to him or her. Refrain from being accusatory or judgmental, and instead remain calm and patient. This would also be a beneficial time to go over the research you have compiled regarding possible treatment options.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any appointments that may be scheduled at various treatment centers.
- Once treatment has begun, inquire with your loved one’s treatment providers as to how you can be an active part of the therapeutic process, demonstrating unwavering support and encouragement along the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
Left untreated, the symptoms of borderline personality disorder can cause a number of disturbances to arise in individuals’ lives. Relationship disturbances are frequent, which can result in the demise of friendships, the development of marital discord, and/or the onset of familial strife. As low self-esteem and fluctuating views of oneself are commonplace in those suffering from BPD, the onset of self-harming behaviors and chronic suicidal ideation have been known to afflict sufferers of this condition as well. Maintaining steady employment is also difficult for people who suffer from BPD. When individuals are simultaneously battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol, they are also placing themselves at risk for experiencing any number of adverse health complications. Fortunately, by engaging in appropriate therapeutic interventions, these negative effects can be successfully avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
Wellness Resource Center is a private treatment program that is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals who are suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions, including borderline personality disorder. Recognizing that the compounded issues that arise as the result of dual diagnosis substance abuse concerns and mental health disorders can cause monumental disturbances in individuals’ lives, Wellness is proud to offer a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to treatment that is tailored to meet our clients’ unique needs. Our goal with each client is to assist in a process of internalizing hope and motivation for recovery, while helping them develop a concrete plan for maintaining and moving beyond the gains they make while in treatment.
At Wellness Resource Center, treatment begins in Phase I, which is our day and night treatment program with community housing. Also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients in this program are exposed to a daylong schedule of treatment activities eight hours a day, five days per week. The goals of this level of care are vast and include the following:
- Helping clients to understand the relationship between their presenting issues and problems that have arisen in their lives
- Assisting clients in identifying specific behaviors and tendencies that have promoted or could promote relapse
- Guiding clients as they build skills that can be successfully maintained after returning to the community
- Helping clients learn how to manage challenges (emotional, family, social, etc.) that continue to interfere with healthy living
Phase I of treatment is supported by caring and compassionate staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phase is designed to promote daily living activities while also implementing intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to manage the symptoms that result from borderline personality disorder. During a client’s stay at Wellness Resource Center, the following may be included into his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: When people are suffering from borderline personality disorder, there are some symptoms that may be alleviated through the use of medication. The use of any medication, however, will be determined based on an individual’s specific needs, on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to monitor any medication that has been prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Clients meet with their primary therapists at least once each week for individual therapy sessions, with additional sessions being added on an as-needed basis. During these sessions, clients have the opportunity to meet privately with their therapists in order to discuss how their treatment is progressing and to discuss any problems or concerns that they may have.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the central component to treatment at Wellness Resource Center. Groups meet 5 days a week, with between 3 and 4 different groups being held each day. Group therapy is an exceptional way for clients to explore their commonalities and has proven to be a vital avenue for helping clients to gain insight, ultimately assisting them in making positive changes in their daily lives. The various types of groups that clients can expect to take part in during programming include:
- Gender-specific groups
- Age-specific groups
- Psychoeducational groups
- Process groups
- Experiential groups
Within these groups, a variety of different topics will be discussed, including body image, trauma, coping skills, goal-setting, and relapse prevention, amongst countless others.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members when deemed clinically appropriate to helping a client successfully progress in treatment. If family members are unable to be physically present for any scheduled family sessions, Wellness Resource Center will reach out via telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication in order to ensure that they are kept informed of their loved one’s progress in treatment.
Experiential therapy: At Wellness, we believe that a holistic approach to treatment is crucial when treating those suffering from addiction and co-occurring borderline personality disorder. In order to do this, we are pleased to offer a number of experiential therapies that clients may engage in during their time in treatment. Clients’ time spent participating in experiential therapies will vary, however, as all treatment is tailored to meet each individual’s unique set of needs. Examples of the experiential therapies offered as part of programming at Wellness include:
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Social activities
- Teamwork activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
Family Program: When individuals are battling borderline personality disorder, it does not only affect them, but it affects their family members as well. Keeping this in mind, Wellness Resource Center is immensely proud to offer our Family Program at no additional costs to clients or their families. This program meets every other month and provides psychoeducation for our clients’ family members, while also giving them the opportunity to participate in process groups that aim to help them understand the importance of communication in regards to their loved one’s recovery.
After completing treatment in Phase I, clients may step-down to the programming offered in Phase II. Phase II is an extended care option that is offered through our intensive outpatient program (IOP). In this phase of programming, clients may continue living in our client housing, attend treatment part-time, and then receive intensive case management while beginning to look for employment. Following Phase II is Phase III of treatment, which may be recommended for some clients. During this phase, clients are provided with long-term supported sober living.
This thorough and seamless extended care continuum truly makes Wellness Resource Center stand out as an exceptional provider of care for substance abuse and co-occurring borderline personality disorder. Clients’ lengths of stays are not limited, and services throughout the entire care continuum are provided by the same staff members. In doing so, clients can rest assured that they will receive constant, continuous care from the time of their admission until the time of their discharge, and beyond.