Helix Healing & Recovery: A Personality Disorder Treatment Program

Helix Healing & RecoveryHelix Healing & Recovery is a treatment program that treats adults with primary mental health issues and dual diagnoses in an exclusive, residential setting. We take a collaborative approach with our clients to support them in learning how to manage their mental health and substance abuse issues. Our residential program offers a variety of holistic and empirically-based approaches to address the cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of healing and recovery. Additionally, clients and their therapists may elect to utilize specific treatment modalities with more frequency in order to target specific mental health symptoms, including personality disorders.

More About Personality Disorders

Although everyone has difficulty from time-to-time getting along with others, a Personality Disorder is a mental illness that involves multiple patterns of behavior that make it consistently difficult to get along with others, across situations and circumstances. Individuals with a Personality Disorder, struggle to maintain healthy relationships and often externalize blame onto others or circumstances for the problems they have created. Consequently, the combination of the problems they have created can lead to a sense of isolation and loneliness.

As many people with personality disorders blame others for their problems, they are often reluctant to seek treatmetn on their own and if they do seek treatment, do sothe behest of others (family, friend, employer, coworker, etc.). Some people are forced to seek treatment as a result of their behavior, such as when a judge orders a person to get treatment for their behavior.

Despite the belief that personality disorders, are difficult to treat, treatment for personality disorders can be successful. People with personality disorders often receive a combination of psychotherapy, behavioral therapies (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and prescription medications. Although a core of a personality disorder is unlikely to go away or be “cured,” the symptoms are manageable, such that the person can lead a fulfilling life.

Below is a list of the personality disorders we treat, as well as an abbreviated list of common behavioral symptoms.

Paranoid Personality Disorder

People with paranoid personality disorder:

  • Believe others are out to harm them
  • Feel threatened or weary of the intentions and actions of others
  • Hold grudges and can be unforgiving
  • Have difficulty managing anger and at times, demonstrate explosive anger

Schizoid Personality Disorder

People with schizoid personality disorder:

  • Tend to be uninterested in personal relationships
  • Are isolative and reclusive
  • Are often very fearful of relationships
  • Have few, if any friendships

Schizotypal Personality Disorder

People with schizotypal personality disorder:

  • Display eccentricity in dress, manners, speech and/or clothing
  • Display social anxiety
  • Hold bizarre and/or strange beliefs
  • Often talk to themselves

Avoidant Personality Disorder

People with avoidant personality disorder:

  • Exhibit extreme shyness
  • Are very fearful of rejection and often avoid situations where even a remote possibility of rejection may occur
  • Avoid relationships outside the family
  • May be isolative and reclusive

Borderline Personality Disorder

People with borderline personality disorder:

  • Display severe emotional instability, including mood swings including that from extreme and unrealistic happiness to becoming emotionally labile and severely depressed in a short period of time
  • Exhibit ongoing conflict and instability in their interpersonal relationships
  • Vacillate between idealization and devaluation in their relationships with others
  • Make frantic efforts to avoid the experiencing perceived or real abandonment by others
  • May choose inappropriate friendships or relationships from a fear of being alone
  • Often engage in self-harm behaviors such as, cutting or burning themselves on purpose
  • More frequently threaten to kill themselves or make suicidal gestures as a “cry for help” than those who have other personality disorders

Dependent Personality Disorder

People with dependent personality disorder:

  • Exhibit nearly constant “clingy” or “needy behavior
  • Are more likely to be women than men
  • Have an unrealistic and extreme fear of being alone
  • Often refuse or struggle to make decisions or choices on their own

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

People with narcissistic personality disorder:

  • Believe they possess or are capable of unrealistically high levels of personal success, beauty, intelligence, attractiveness, or competence without evidence to support their beliefs
  • Are constantly seeking the attention of others
  • Have difficulty maintain reciprocal relationships and often struggle to talk about anyone other than themselves
  • Often use others as “objects” in relationships and are manipulative in their interactions and relationships with others

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder 

People with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (not to be confused with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, “OCD”):

  • Tend to be perfectionists
  • May be quite responsible, but often drive others away
  • Demonstrate rigid and inflexible thinking and behavior
  • May exhibit hoarding behaviors
  • Struggle to adapt to change

How Helix Healing & Recovery Treats Clients Recovering From Personality Disorders

Helix Healing & Recovery is modeled after Hanbleceya Treatment Center, which has a rich history of treating personality disorders that goes back to 1979. Our first priority is treating the person and we view a client’s mental health and substance abuse issues as a part of the human being who comes to us seeking help and relief from suffering. The philosophy at Helix Healing & Recovery is to view the whole person –the person’s strengths, unique talents, and individual struggles. While many of our treatment modalities are effective for treating an array of “diagnoses,” we believe in the importance of recognizing the unique qualities of each human being and tailor aspects of treatment approaches to address aspects of an individual’s behavior that interfere with his or her ability to live a meaningful and productive life.

Helix Healing and Recovery community offers a safe and loving environment in which clients learn to respond to themselves, to others, and to situations in the world in an authentic and effective way. There is one main goal: to support clients in learning the skills he/she needs to live a happy, healthy, independent life. If you or a loved-one is suffering from a personality disorder, we are here to help. Your admission starts with a phone call to one of our admissions coordinators, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Learn more about Helix Healing & Recovery

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