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At Olympus Recovery in Delray Beach, FL, we understand the complex relationship between mental health issues like personality disorders and substance abuse. Our dedicated team provides comprehensive, individualized dual personality disorder and addiction treatment in a serene therapeutic environment, helping you or your loved one reclaim life from addiction and mental health struggles.

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Understanding the Connection Between Personality Disorders and Substance Use

Personality disorders and substance use disorders often co-occur, presenting unique challenges in both diagnosis and treatment. Understanding the connection between these conditions is crucial for developing effective treatment strategies and supporting long-term recovery. Substance use disorders and personality disorders intersect in the following areas:

  1. Coping Mechanisms – Individuals with personality disorders often struggle with intense emotions, unstable relationships, and fear of abandonment. Substance use may initially serve as a coping mechanism to manage these overwhelming feelings or to self-medicate. Over time, what may start as a method to alleviate emotional pain can quickly turn into a dependency.
  2. Impulsivity and Risk-Taking – Traits like impulsivity and a propensity for risk-taking are common in certain personality disorders, such as borderline and antisocial personality disorders. These characteristics can lead to an increased likelihood of engaging in substance use as a form of thrill-seeking or self-destructive behavior.
  3. Social and Interpersonal Issues – Personality disorders can significantly affect how individuals interact with others and perceive social situations. For some, substances may seem like a tool to ease social anxiety, facilitate social interactions, or cope with the isolation that comes with interpersonal difficulties.
  4. Self-Regulation Challenges – Many personality disorders involve challenges with self-regulation, which can make it difficult for individuals to control their actions and responses to stress. Substance use might be used as an unhealthy strategy to manage or numb emotional turmoil.

Why Choose Olympus Recovery?

Olympus Recovery excels in dual diagnosis treatment, recognizing that effective recovery addresses both mental health disorders and substance abuse together. Our experienced staff crafts personalized care plans that treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. In the heart of Delray Beach, you’ll find a supportive community and expert care that fosters healing and long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction in our addiction treatment center. We are committed to utilizing evidence-based therapies in a compassionate, patient-centered environment.

Our team includes highly trained professionals who bring experience and empathy to their practice, ensuring that each patient receives the best care tailored to their needs. We also emphasize family involvement as a crucial component of recovery, offering family therapy sessions that help rebuild trust and mend relationships. At Olympus Recovery, we provide more than just treatment; we offer a pathway to a new life, empowering our clients to achieve and maintain sobriety and improved mental health.

Our dual-diagnosis treatment program includes therapy that addresses the following personality disorders that often co-occur with addiction:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Characterized by intense emotions, impulsive behaviors, and unstable relationships.
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD): Known for a disregard for the law and the rights of others, leading to conflict with societal norms and authority.
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD): Involves an inflated sense of self-importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, coupled with a lack of empathy for others.
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder: Features extreme social inhibition and sensitivity to rejection, leading to limited interpersonal interactions and feelings of inadequacy.
  • Dependent Personality Disorder: Marked by a pervasive psychological dependence on other people.
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder: Characterized by constant attention-seeking behaviors, excessive emotions, and a need for approval.
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder: Features a pattern of detachment from social relationships and a limited range of emotional expression.
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Typically involves peculiar behaviors and thoughts, discomfort in close relationships, and cognitive or perceptual distortions.
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder: Involves pervasive distrust and suspicion of others and their motives.

Our Treatment Program for Personality Disorders and Addiction

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at Olympus Recovery offers a structured yet flexible treatment environment to provide intensive care without needing full-time hospitalization. This program is an ideal transition stage for individuals moving from inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction or those requiring more comprehensive support than typically available through Delray Beach outpatient services.

The PHP includes several hours of clinical treatment daily, five to seven days a week, depending on the individual’s needs. The core of our PHP involves a combination of individual therapy, group sessions, and family counseling, which are crucial for addressing the underlying causes of personality disorders and substance abuse. Patients will engage in various therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and wellness activities promoting physical health. Our team ensures that your treatment plan includes everything you need to obtain lasting sobriety, especially for those in need of medication-assisted treatment.

By participating in our PHP, clients gain the skills necessary to manage their mental health and substance use disorders while maintaining the ability to engage with their community and daily life. The balance of intensive care and personal freedom helps individuals build resilience and independence, which is vital for long-term recovery.

Specialized Therapies and Mental Health Services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at Olympus Recovery is a foundational element of our mental health treatment modalities. It aids patients in recognizing and altering harmful thought patterns that fuel their addiction and mental health issues. CBT is particularly effective in addressing the psychological aspects of disorders, teaching patients techniques to challenge distorted cognitions and change behaviors. This therapy provides the tools necessary for handling stress, overcoming major depression, and implementing relapse prevention, making it a critical component of our comprehensive treatment approach.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Olympus Recovery is specifically designed for clients grappling with both substance abuse and intense emotional fluctuations typical of mood disorders. This therapy emphasizes four primary skills:  mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is invaluable for individuals who struggle with self-destructive behaviors or who have historically had difficulties managing intense emotions. Through DBT, clients develop robust skills that enhance emotional stability and improve their interpersonal relationships, addressing the complexities inherent in their recovery journey from substance abuse disorders.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is a transformative approach used at Olympus Recovery to help clients who have experienced traumatic events that contribute to their substance abuse and mental health disorders. By processing these traumas in a controlled, safe setting, EMDR therapy significantly alleviates the psychological stressors associated with past experiences, facilitating profound and lasting recovery. This technique is critical for those whose addiction is linked to past trauma, helping them move forward into healing.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy at Olympus Recovery involves engaging in activities that help clients express and explore hidden emotions and conflicts. This therapy includes creative and physical tasks such as role-playing, arts and crafts, music therapy, and more. By doing so, clients connect more deeply with their inner selves through direct experience rather than traditional talk therapy alone. These activities are integral in helping individuals uncover and address the underlying issues related to their addiction and mental health, fostering personal growth and recovery.

First Responder and Veteran Care

At Olympus Recovery, we recognize first responders and Veterans face unique pressures. Our First Responder Care and Veteran Treatment Programs are tailored to address the specific mental health and substance use challenges common among these groups. The program combines specialized therapies and support groups that focus on stress management, trauma-related issues, and building resilience, ensuring that those who serve our communities receive the dedicated support they need.

Holistic Healing and Community Support

Our holistic approach at Olympus Recovery encompasses more than traditional therapy; it focuses on nutrition, physical health, and community engagement. We support the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. Our programs integrate nutrition guidance, fitness routines, and community-building activities that enhance well-being. This comprehensive approach ensures that recovery extends beyond our facility, supporting lifelong health and sobriety.

man undergoing personality disorder and addiction treatment with therapist

Make Treatment Affordable With Insurance

Navigating the financial aspects of treatment can be challenging. At Olympus Recovery, we believe that financial constraints should not prevent anyone from accessing high-quality care for substance abuse and mental health disorders. We work with various insurance providers to make dual diagnosis treatment more accessible and affordable.

Understanding your available coverage can significantly ease the process of getting started with the necessary treatment. Olympus Recovery accepts most major insurance plans, and our experienced staff is here to help you understand and maximize your benefits. We handle the verification process swiftly and confidentially, ensuring you can focus on your recovery without unnecessary stress.

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Start Your Journey Toward Healing Today

Are you ready to embark on the journey to recovery from drug addiction and depression? At Olympus Recovery, a mental health and addiction treatment center in Delray Beach, we’re dedicated to supporting you every step toward achieving mental health and sobriety. Contact us today to schedule a personalized consultation with one of our experts. Our compassionate team will discuss your unique needs, explore various treatment options, and create a tailored treatment plan.


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