New Roads Women’s WoRTH program was launched for women who struggle with borderline personality disorder. The biggest challenge patients suffer with due to their diagnosis, and the issue WoRTH strives to address, is suicidal ideation and non-suicidal self injury.
Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer from a variety of symptoms due to their diagnosis. The most notable BPD symptoms include emotional instability, insecurity or feelings of worthlessness, and struggles with their social relationships. BPD is different for everyone, so no two women will have the exact same experience with their diagnosis.
The WoRTH program consists of highly trained staff with a wealth of information about borderline personality disorder. Our staff has also received intensive training in dialectical behavioral therapy, which has proven to be very effective for those who struggle with BPD.
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Almost 75% of the people who live with borderline personality disorder are women.
BPD is characterized by a variety of mood related symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms of BPD are intense emotional responses, strained social relationships, negative self image, and struggles with emotional regulation. A lot of people who struggle with BPD engage in self-harm activities, such as intentionally injuring themselves or abusing drugs and alcohol.
Engaging in dangerous activities is a strategy people with BPD use to cope with their intense emotions.
While everyone experiences BPD differently, there are a plethora of other symptoms:
- Repeated efforts to avoid abandonment (whether it be real or imagined)
This can come in the form of gift giving, a constant need for attention or validation, or other forms of overcompensation in personal relationships.
- Intense swings in emotions as it pertains to relationships
A patient with BPD may feel intense love for a person one day and then severe hatred or dislike the next. This is commonly referred to as “splitting”.
- Negative self image or a distorted sense of self
Patients with BPD typically struggle with their self image and feeling as though they are not good enough.
- Dangerous behaviors or self harm
Unsafe sex, spending problems, and self injury are common negative coping mechanisms that those with BPD may engage in.
- Suicidal threats or ideation
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of harming themselves, it’s crucial to seek emergency help.
- Intense mood swings
These can last anywhere from hours to several days or weeks.
- Feelings of discontent or emptiness
Patients with BPD also struggle with feelings that life is not worth living. They may also feel apathy or a general sense of discontent.
- Trust issues
Those who struggle with BPD may have a hard time trusting others. Typically, this is accompanied by a paranoia about other people’s intentions.
- Feelings of dissociation
Patients who struggle with BPD may feel as though they or the things around them are not real. Additionally, they commonly feel disconnected from their lives.
Risk Factors of BPD
- Those who have a family history of BPD may be more likely to develop it themselves.
- BPD can cause functional and structural changes in the brain.
- Environmental, social, and cultural factors may also cause BPD.
It is still unclear what causes borderline personality disorder. Years of research suggest that genetics and brain structure play a major role.
Those who have found that their BPD symptoms are taking a severe toll on their life may benefit from inpatient treatment.
24/7 Support in Our Women’s Worth Program
In case of an emergency, our staff is available 24/7 to offer support to our patients.
Whether it be a personal crisis or any other issue patients are struggling with. We are here to offer support to any clients going through our WoRTH program, no matter what time of day.
Additionally, we implement randomized drug testing. This is the most effective way to ensure that patients are doing well with their recovery.
Another factor our staff manages is medication for patients. Our staff will keep patients on schedule, refill their prescriptions, and ensure any medical conditions are regulated through treatment.
Women’s Worth Program 12-Step Group Meetings
The 12-Step process has been proven very effective in its decades of use by addiction recovery programs.
The special thing about 12-Step group meetings is that patients are given the opportunity to commit to sobriety in a community. This opens the door for patients to share struggles with others who are in the same position, and everyone can work toward recovery together.
The first step in the 12-Step process is honesty.
Addiction can breed a lot of denial, and it’s important to be upfront with ourselves. Many patients find a lot of relief in admitting that their addiction is overwhelming and that they do, in fact, have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
The second step in the 12-Step program is faith.
Faith is a very important part of recovery from addiction. It’s important for patients to have faith, not only in the program but also in themselves.
Step three of the 12-Step program is surrender.
In 12-Step, you are turning yourself over to a program and plan that will put you on track to get better.
The fourth step is soul-searching.
This is where you will dig deep and discover what truly caused your addiction. From that point, you will be able to move forward in working through your struggles.
The fifth step is integrity.
Typically, this is the step that patients struggle with the most. You must hold yourself accountable in recovery from addiction. Additionally, this is where patients get the best chance to prove to themselves that they are capable of recovery.
Next comes acceptance.
Accepting your addiction as what it is will make it easier to grow from it.
The seventh step is humility.
It’s important to admit that you are unable to treat your addiction on your own. As difficult as it is, not every issue life throws at you can be handled through sheer will and determination.
The next step is willingness.
Willingness to participate in the program, to stay clean, and to make amends with those your addiction has hurt are all crucial in your recovery.
The ninth step is forgiveness.
As difficult it may be, making amends with yourself and others is a crucial part in your recovery.
The tenth step is maintenance.
Not only are you maintaining your sobriety, but also maintaining your spiritual growth to prevent a relapse in the future.
The eleventh step is making contact.
You will, again, be digging deep to find the purpose you would like to carry. Essentially, this step will determine what you would like to do when you are out of treatment.
Step 12 is service.
Individuals who are recovered from addiction should use their story to impact others.
Women’s Worth Program Therapy Sessions
We offer three different types of therapy for our patients.
Group therapy is very beneficial in recovery from addiction. Typically, group therapy will focus on one aspect of treatment per session. This will allow patients to really express all of their emotions, collaborate, and discover some new recovery skills.
The topics include things such as DBT, cognitive behavior, and life skills training, to name a few.
One-on-one time is also important in recovery, which is why we offer individual therapy. Patients deserve to have one-on-one time with a professional in which they feel comfortable discussing all of their emotions.
Individual therapy ensures a confidential and judgment free zone for patients.
Family sessions, if possible, are also very beneficial to patients. It’s important for patients to feel content knowing that when they are finished with treatment, they will be returning to a healthy support system. We also offer Zoom and phone family sessions.
We also provide relapse prevention plans for all of our patients.
Relapses are incredibly discouraging, but can also be a normal part of recovery. Each patient works with their team to come up with a relapse prevention plan. This will provide a personalized route to staying clean after treatment is over.
Stopping relapse before it happens is much better than falling back into old habits and going through treatment again.
The symptoms of BPD can grow to feel all-consuming. A lot of people who struggle from BPD have a hard time reaching out for help. However, 24/7 support and a variety of different treatment strategies may be very beneficial to those who struggle with borderline personality disorder.
If you are struggling with any of the symptoms above, you may be affected by borderline personality disorder. When life feels like too much to handle, we encourage you to seek help.
There are a variety of treatment programs that strive to help patients recover and set them on the path to success.
If you or someone you know is suffering with thoughts of self harm or suicidal ideation, don’t wait. Call us today to schedule a tour of our facility or get answers to any questions you may have about treatment.