Antisocial personality disorder is when you do not care about what is right and what is wrong. You can antagonize, manipulate, or treat others badly to get what you want without feeling any remorse. Many with this disorder also end up becoming criminals when they violate the law and abusive substances will worsen their conditions as well as any chances of improvement. According to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 90% of people with antisocial personality disorder end up having an addiction with 40%-50% addicted to drugs or alcohol. It is important for those with this disorder to seek help before they ruin the lives of themselves or others.
Many with antisocial personality disorder tends to take abusive substances like marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, opioids, hallucinogens, sedatives, and anxiolytics. Alcohol especially can cause someone with this disorder to become more aggressive and exhibit violent behavior. Because people with antisocial personality disorder have low impulse control, abusive substances will cause them to engage in more risky behaviors than those without such as sharing needles with others which can cause HIV. They do not believe the rules apply to them and have no respect for themselves, their bodies, or the consequences of their actions. They will be in complete denial of their problems and will be aggressive when anyone suggests that they seek help.
Many with antisocial personality disorder and substance abuse tend to drop out of treatment and relapse. People with this disorder have a better chance of getting help when the treatment is court-mandated as a result of their actions. A therapist will evaluated them for any undiagnosed mental health conditions and see how severe the symptoms are in order to make a treatment plan for them. Patients also need to detox their bodies to get rid of the toxins from the drugs and alcohol.
A therapist will work with the patient on their aggressive, negative, and controlling behaviors. Group therapy will help patients learn about better decisions, social skills, and help relate to one another. In rare cases, medication can be prescribed to the patients to treat anxiety, depression, or aggression. There is also outpatient programs, 12 Step programs, sober living homes, and holistic approaches to help patients get better. Just because antisocial personality disorder is hard to treat does not mean that it is impossible as long as patients can to a facility that can treat both disorders.
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