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Antisocial Personality Disorders

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Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatment

Personality disorders impact every part of a person’s life, and they’re difficult to treat and manage. Many people with personality disorders also have co-occurring mental health and mood disorders and a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder.

Centric Behavioral Health provides antisocial personality disorder treatment as part of dual diagnosis care for addiction. Programs are geared towards helping clients control their underlying mental health symptoms, which improves their addiction recovery outcomes.

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What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial personality disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by long-term patterns of manipulating or exploiting others. This personality disorder causes relationship problems and is linked to a higher likelihood of criminal activity involvement. When someone has antisocial personality disorder, they might not show regard for the feelings of others or the distinction between right and wrong.

The disorder can lead a person to try to make other people angry on purpose and treat them with indifference or cruelty. There’s not a sense of remorse or regret over these behaviors.

The symptoms of antisocial personality disorder include patterns of behavior where right and wrong are ignored and dishonesty is used to take advantage of other people. Other symptoms include:

  • Being insensitive to other people
  • Using wit or charm to try to manipulate people for personal pleasure or gain
  • Being very opinionated
  • A sense of self-importance or superiority
  • Legal problems
  • Hostility, aggression, or violence toward others
  • No guilt about harming other people
  • Doing dangerous things without thinking about safety
  • Irresponsible at work or financially

Adults with antisocial personality disorder typically have initial conduct disorder symptoms before age 15. Conduct disorder symptoms include aggression towards animals or people, destroying property, dishonesty, theft, or violations of serious rules.

The causes of personality disorders aren’t fully understood. Our personality is a combination of behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that make us all different from one another. Personality is how we understand and relate to the rest of the world and how people see themselves. Personality formation occurs during childhood and is shaped by factors including environment and inherited genes.

While the specific causes of personality disorders aren’t completely known, genes may make people vulnerable, as can changes occurring during brain development. 

Risk factors for developing antisocial personality disorder include a family history of it or other personality disorders, neglect or abuse during childhood, and violent or unstable home life. Men are more at risk than women.

Centric Behavioral Health is a antisocial personality disorder treatment center that offers a continuum of care for people with co-occurring disorders.

We work with most major insurance carriers.

Centric Behavioral Health facilities work with most major health insurance carriers in order to provide effective, accessible treatment options for substance abuse and mental health.

Treatment for Personality Disorders

Diagnostic criteria involve how someone perceives themselves and others, how appropriate their emotional responses are, functionality in relationships and with other people, and impulse control.

Treatment depends on the personality disorder itself, someone’s circumstances, and the severity of their symptoms.

  • An important aspect of treating personality disorders is usually psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. During talk therapy, you work with a trained mental health professional to discuss your feelings, moods, and behaviors. Talk therapy can help you learn coping mechanisms and tools to manage your personality disorder.
  • Social skills training is also helpful as part of a treatment plan for personality disorders to help improve relationships. 
  • Family therapy may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
  • There aren’t medicines specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat personality disorders, but many types of psychiatric medicines can help with symptom management. For example, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety medicines may help with some symptoms.
  • When someone has a personality disorder with severe symptoms, they might benefit from a residential treatment program to help them stabilize. Then they can move into a lower level of care on an outpatient basis as they’re ready.

Centric Behavioral Health is an antisocial personality disorder rehab center that offers dual diagnosis treatment in different settings, including inpatient and outpatient.

Antisocial Personality Disorder and Substance Use

People with antisocial personality disorder are at a higher risk for developing a substance abuse problem. There are multiple reasons for this, including the lack of impulse control characterizing the disorder. Someone with this disorder may be more likely to participate in risky behaviors than someone without a personality disorder.

Unfortunately, the use of drugs and alcohol can make symptoms of a personality disorder worse.

The effects of using substances with co-occurring antisocial personality disorder can include:

  • Using stimulants can worsen impulse control problems, aggression, and mood disturbances.
  • Alcohol is one of the most frequent substance issues among people with antisocial personality disorder, and it can raise the likelihood of violence and aggressive behaviors. Alcohol abuse can contribute to a higher rate of criminal activity and more severe disorders.
  • If someone with antisocial personality disorder uses marijuana, they’re more likely to have problems controlling their use and to become dependent.

Researchers aren’t sure what comes first, the personality disorder or the addiction. It’s thought that early substance use could affect brain chemistry and function, which could cause or worsen a personality disorder, but that may not be true for everyone.

Centric Behavioral Health offers antisocial personality disorder treatment that’s evidence-based, as well as addiction treatment.

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How Centric Can Help

When someone has an antisocial personality disorder and an addiction to drugs or alcohol, both must be treated in a dual diagnosis approach. If just the personality disorder is treated, it will reduce the likelihood of positive recovery outcomes. 

Each disorder is equally the focus during dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders. If one condition isn’t treated or treated as thoroughly as the other, it can resurface continuously, leading to relapse and ongoing problems. 

Sometimes, someone might go to rehab without realizing they have a co-occurring mental health disorder. That highlights the importance of choosing a qualified program to diagnose other co-occurring disorders at the beginning of treatment.

Also important is finding a rehab program that’s evidence-based and one that individualizes all treatment. Personality disorders are highly variable, and treatment should reflect the needs of each person in a highly specific way.

If you are looking for mental health or addiction treatment servicesnear you, Centric Behavioral Health Can help. If you’d like to learn more about our inpatient drug rehab centerscontact us today.

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