Dependent Personality Disorder and Addiction Help

Dependent Personality Disorder and Addiction Help

Some individuals who struggle with addiction also have a Dependent personality disorder (DPD). This is a psychiatric condition that causes people to rely on others for their physical and emotional needs.[1] This makes the individual act in dysfunctional ways in social settings and unhealthy relationships. There is even a risk of participation in dangerous behaviors. One of the most common behaviors is substance abuse. It is unadvised that patients medicate this condition. Counseling and education empower the patient to overcome their psychological struggles.

Symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder

The brain develops emotional reflexes and physiological responses in the body. This occurs through neurological pathways, which drive behavior. This is also the part of the brain that manages the formation of habits and memories. However, dependent personality disorder affects this same area.As a result, dependent personality disorder may cause any of the following problems[2]:

  • Patients will allow parents or other authority figures to make all their decisions. Examples include what to wear, where to work and who to be friends with.
  • Poor self-esteem and constant feelings of vulnerability. This could be shown as a lack of confidence with starting an activity or doing things alone.
  • An inability to make decisions. Input from others and reassurance is required.
  • Abusive behavior is tolerated. This could be a way to maintain access to an individual.
  • Difficulty in expressing disagreement. There is a fear of loss of support or approval.
  • Extreme difficulty handling the loss of a caregiver.
  • Feelings of helplessness or being uncomfortable when alone. Others are required to feel whole. The individual is fearful of not being able to care for himself or herself.
  • An immature perspective on life is maintained. An individual is not independent and needs constant input and reassurance.
  • Intolerance for any form of interpersonal conflict. This could be an indicator toward the loss of the relationship.

Normal decisions and pressures of life are often unbearable for someone with DPD. The resulting tension places him or her at risk for self-medicating his stress. Many times this happens through drug abuse, particularly psychedelics like LSD. When the brain recognizes the short-lived relief that LSD provides, it builds a network of neural pathways. This change in the body leads to substance abuse. This ultimately leads to physical and psychological addictions that will reinforce feelings of helplessness, which promote drug abuse and so on.

How To Treat DPD and LSD Addiction

In most cases, DPD does not respond to medicinal treatment. Patients with this disorder need specialized therapy to learn healthy ways to relate with others. In many cases, patients tend to benefit from inpatient therapy. With this form of treatment, counselors are able to confront all aspects of the patient’s mental or emotional health. Thisfully integrates treatment for both conditions.

If you have further questions about dependent personality disorder and LSD addiction, call our helpline now. Our counselors can tell you what is the best treatment for your specific needs. Your counselor can even check your health insurance for treatment coverage. If you do not have insurance, please know that is not a problem. There are treatment options for every budget. Neither DPD nor LSD addiction will go away without professional help. Seek treatment as soon as possible to begin recovery today.


[1]https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/dependent-personality-disorder Dependent Personality Disorder.

[2]http://psychcentral.com/disorders/dependent-personality-disorder-symptoms/ Dependent Personality Disorder Symptoms. Bressert, Steve.