Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

Narcissistic Personality Disorder & Addiction

Content Overview: Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental illness commonly associated with substance abuse. Learn more about the signs of a narcissistic personality, and how South Coast Counseling can help.

Although it is a common term, you may not understand the true meaning of a narcissist. Narcissistic personality disorder involves an individual who has an inflated view of his or her own importance. With a deep need for admiration, a narcissist lacks empathy for others. While they mask themselves with ultra-confidence, they have very fragile self-esteem that can be very vulnerable to even the slightest criticism. This may lead to further addictions, like substance abuse etc.

Co-Occurring Disorders We Treat

  • Anti-Social Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obessesive-Compulsive Personality Disoder
  • Bipolar Disorder (1,2, and Cyclothymic)
  • Chronic Mild Depression/ Dsythmia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Opposistional Defiance Disorder
  • Insomnia Disorder
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome

Those suffering from this personality disorder can have problems in a variety of areas, including financial issues, relationships, school and work. When the individual is not the center of attention, he or she may be generally disappointed or unhappy. Finding your relationships unfulfilling, others may not want to be around you because of your attitude and behavior.

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At South Coast Counseling, we treat narcissistic personality disorder as a stand-along problem or as a co-occurring disorder that is experienced with alcohol and substance abuse. We understand that narcissists sometimes fall prey to prescription drug abuse or the use of street drugs. Our experts are trained in how to address the needs of these individuals so they can come up with a personalized treatment plan.

Contact our team of experts today to learn how we can help you regain control of your situation. We work to help you establish productive relationships, financial stability and perform well at school and work by overcoming your narcissistic views.

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Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

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Of those struggling with substance addiction, many also suffer from depression, anxiety, intimacy issues, sex addiction, codependency, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other afflictions. The term “dual diagnosis” is applied to such individuals, who often have a substance use disorder in addition to a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder (also called manic depression) and depression. A dual diagnosis means that the patient has two distinct disorders or illnesses, each one requiring a particular plan of treatment.

For many, many years, the systems of care employed to treat dual diagnosis patients have remained separated from each other, which has cemented the lack of sound options available to sufferers. On a national level, few drug treatment centers are equipped to effectively implement the integrated treatments required for a dual diagnosis patient. A detox, on its own, is not enough. Behavioral therapy, support groups and specialized medicine can work in concert to treat the patient, alleviating symptoms and giving him or her a fresh start.

Co-Occurring Disorders We Treat

  • Anti-Social Personality Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Obessesive-Compulsive Personality Disoder
  • Bipolar Disorder (1,2, and Cyclothymic)
  • Chronic Mild Depression/ Dsythmia
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Opposistional Defiance Disorder
  • Insomnia Disorder
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome

At South Coast Counseling, we treat those who are diagnosed with one or more of a number of disorders relating to the use of alcohol or other substances. We also provide treatments for those patients who have such a disorder in addition to a mental health disorder. The latter type of client has what is called a Co-Occurring Disorder (COD).

The term “substance use disorder” includes drug or alcohol abuse, and also the dependency on these. Those who experience a chemical dependency on alcohol or drugs can also have a mood or anxiety disorder. Occasionally, a client will have a severe mental health disorder, in which episodes and symptoms are long-lasting and negatively affect his or her ability to cope with every day stressors and events. In the past, alcohol and substance use disorders were treated separately from each other.

A diagnosis of Co-Occurring Disorders results when the symptoms of a substance abuse disorder and a mental disorder are established independently of each other. In such cases, the client’s symptoms cannot be conveniently attributed to a single cause. Therefore, a Co-Occurring Disorder is a more complex issue, and coping with it requires an impartial expert. The statistics surrounding CODs are staggering:

  • Approximately 8.9 million adults have co-occurring disorders, meaning that they have both a mental and substance use disorder.
  • Only 7.4 percent of these individuals receive treatment for both conditions.
  • 55.8 percent receive no treatment at all.

If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from multiple disorders or have been diagnosed with a Co-Occurring Disorder, please contact us.

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At South Coast Counseling, you can rest assured that you or your loved one will receive compassionate, expert treatment. Our clinical team includes licensed therapists, medical doctors and clinical psychologists. We are therefore extremely well-equipped to treat dual diagnosis patients.

If you believe that you or a loved one is suffering from multiple disorders or received a dual diagnosis, please contact us immediately.

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