Treating the Personality in the Addictive Personality: A Neuroplastic Approach
Friday, April 14, 2017 8:00 am to 12:00 pm @ the Double Tree Hotel – Lloyd Center
Presented by: Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D
The co-occurrence of borderline personality disorder and substance abuse disorders are well-documented and pose specific treatment challenges. While borderline personality disorder is often conceptualized as the behavioral manifestation of early life events amenable to intensive psychotherapy rather than biological approaches, more recent research suggests that BPD is a disabling brain disease as well as a personality disorder. Neglecting the neurobiological underpinnings of BPD may render psychotherapeutic intervention only partially successful, thereby reinforcing the cycle of affective instability that often characterizes BPD. This presentation suggests that some individuals with BPD who also have specific deficits in certain brain structure and function might benefit from a neuroplastic approach to BPD and substance abuse treatment.