Antisocial Personality Disorder

Treatment of addiction with ASPD can be a difficult process, but Northbound’s experienced clinical staff has a deep understanding of the interaction between addiction and personality disorders.

What is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

Antisocial Personality Disorder (ASPD) is a mental disorder characterized by a dysfunctional way of thinking and relating to others. Those suffering from this personality disorder are often described as cruel, manipulative, or callous, as their disorder causes them to act with indifference to wishes, feelings, or rights of other people. In addition, victims of the disorder tend to disregard morality and have little sense of right and wrong. Not surprisingly, Antisocial Personality Disorder is often associated with legal problems, difficulties in school or work, a lack of functional relationships, and violent behavior.

Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Those suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder will appear extremely egocentric, often manipulating others for their own pleasure or gain. They will freely lie to or intimidate others in pursuit of their ends, with no regard for their rights or feelings. ASPD is associated with a disregard for right and wrong, which may lead to criminality, legal problems, and irresponsible behavior at work or school. Individuals with ASPD are often aggressive, impulsive, or violent, and there is a definite connection between the disorder and child abuse/neglect. Personal and family relationships are dysfunctional or non-existent, and the sufferer routinely fails to learn anything from the negative consequences of his or her actions.

The first signs of Antisocial Personality Disorder may surface in childhood, through bullying, cruelty to animals or angry, violent behavior. The disorder should be evident by the time the individual is in his or her twenties or thirties, and is considered to be a lifelong disorder. ASPD often co-occurs with other mental disorders, especially alcoholism and substance abuse.

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Treatment of ASPD with Addiction or Dependency

One of the biggest difficulties in treating adults with ASPD is simply helping them recognize the presence of the disorder and the need to treat it. The very nature of ASPD is such that victims are disinclined to acknowledge the illness or seek help for it. However, when co-occurring with substance abuse and addiction, ASPD can inhibit recovery if not accounted for in the treatment approach.

At Northbound Treatment Services, we specialize in providing services for dual diagnoses, such as Antisocial Personality Disorder treatment and addiction. We recognize that every client who enters our facility has his or her own unique needs and history, and we create an individualized treatment plan that addresses those needs. In this way, we can provide the best possible opportunity for successful recovery, concurrently treating any co-occurring disorders (like ASPD) that would otherwise inhibit the therapeutic process.

Northbound’s use of counseling and psychotherapy for Antisocial Personality Disorder Treatment is helpful in reaching out to the individual with ASPD and helping him or her come to grips with both the disorder and addiction. In cases such as this, family counseling is also extremely effective, and we work with friends and family members to help them understand the disease, develop coping strategies, and learn how to help their loved one in recovery.

Treatment of addiction with ASPD can be a difficult process, but Northbound’s experienced clinical staff has a deep understanding of the interaction between addiction and personality disorders. Contact Northbound today for more information or to take the first step toward a new, healthy, and sober life.

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