People who struggle with a personality disorder may often have trouble interacting with other people and maintaining healthy relationships. These difficulties can often result in barriers to intimacy that can manifest as problematic sexual behaviors. Individuals with personality disorders can have unhealthy and inflexible thought patterns, and have difficulty coping with everyday problems. Individuals who struggle with personality disorders can develop sexual addiction as a way of trying to relate to those around them in a way that they can accept and understand.
Sex Addiction and Personality Disorders
A personality disorder is a type of mental disorder in which you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking, functioning, and behaving. Individuals with a personality disorder may have trouble perceiving and relating to situations and people. This causes significant problems and limitations in relationships, social encounters, work, and school.
In some cases, sex addicts may not realize that they have a personality disorder because their way of thinking and behaving seems natural to them.
What Causes Personality Disorders?
No one knows exactly what causes of personality disorders, although certain factors seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering personality disorders, including:
- A family history of personality disorders or other mental illness
- Verbal, physical, or sexual abuse during childhood
- Neglect or an unstable/chaotic family life during childhood
- Variations in brain chemistry and structure
Personality disorders usually begin in the teen years or early adulthood. Some personality disorders are:
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
Personality disorders are thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. At Gentle Path at The Meadows, our team of sexual addiction treatment experts work with patients to identify these issues and develop a treatment plan that will help create a long-lasting recovery for our patients.
Personality Disorders and Sex Addiction
At Gentle Path at The Meadows, our drug addiction treatment options range from detoxification to an intensive, inpatient psychotherapeutic program that addresses the symptoms and causes of addiction. Our expert staff is trained to help people overcome their sexual addictions and co-occurring drug addictions in a safe and nurturing environment.
Gentle Path at The Meadows is a Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility licensed for 28 beds dedicated only to those who suffer from sexual addictions and co-occurring issues. We offer the highest level of care dedicated exclusively to men suffering from sexual addictions and are accredited by The Joint Commission which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safe, high-quality treatment. Patients can be assured they are receiving outstanding care at Gentle Path at The Meadows.