An introduction to co-occurring borderline personality disorder and substance use disorders in brief

Date: 2014
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)

Information

Type:  Fact Sheet/Issue Brief
Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Publisher:  Author

Although the main focus of this fact sheet is the co-occurrence of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), it provides a great deal of information about suicide risk among people with BPD. In fact, BPD is the only mental disorder diagnosis that includes suicide attempts or self-harming behaviors among its diagnostic criteria. As many as 79% of those with BPD attempt and 8 -10% die by suicide. Individuals with co-occurring BPD and SUD can be difficult to treat because the suicidality and self-harm risks associated with BPD may be exacerbated by the use of alcohol or other drugs. 

Settings:  Behavioral Health Care, Outpatient Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment, Inpatient Mental Health
About Suicide:  Behavioral Health Disorders, Depression/Bipolar, Substance Abuse, Self-Injury (NSSI), Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior, Ideation, Attempts, Risk and Protective Factors
Strategies:  Effective Care/Treatment, Treatment