Characterized by an unstable pattern of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and marked impulsiveness, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental health disorder that affects an individual’s ability to properly manage his or her emotions. This disorder typically occurs in young adulthood and can cause a number of other mental and behavioral problems. BPD affects how a person feels about themselves, relates to others, and how they behave.
At Resource Treatment Center, we provide mental health services to children and adolescents, ages 11 to 21, who are in need of a structured and secure setting while addressing emotional and behavioral impairments such as borderline personality disorder. Living with borderline personality disorder can be extremely difficult and while you may realize your behaviors are self-destructive, you are unable to stop. This is where the staff at Resource comes in. We want you to know that all hope is not lost; many people with borderline personality disorder are able to get better with proper treatment, allowing them to have fulfilling lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, knowing how you can help them can not only strengthen your relationship, but also increase the overall well-being of your loved one. One of the best ways that you can help your loved one is to provide them with a stable relationship and to engage in activities that will promote their self-esteem. Here are some additional things to keep in mind:
- Be supportive and accepting
- Encourage safe behaviors and activities
- Provide relationship stability
- Follow a predictable routine
- Be positive, avoiding negativity
- Engage in meaningful activities
- Remain calm during times of anger or during mood swings
- Understand possible side effect of medication
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
Those with borderline personality disorder tend to have a severely distorted self-image and may also feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. They may experience frequent mood swings, including episodes of severe anger and impulsiveness. All of the unstable moods often drive others away, even though the individual greatly desires lasting relationships. Additionally, those with BPD may idealize someone one moment and then all of a sudden hate them due to the simplest misunderstanding. Having borderline personality disorder can damage many areas of a person’s life. BPD can greatly affect intimate relationships, jobs, school, social activities, as well as self-image. Some consequences may include loss of job or frequent job changes, broken marriages, and in some cases hospitalization due to self-harm. Furthermore, risks of suicide are higher in those with BPD.
Borderline personality disorder can lead to severe consequences in an individual’s life if it is not properly treated. A residential treatment program can be extremely helpful for those with BPD because program staff members are able to not only thoroughly assess the individuals for specific treatment needs, but also provide a number of different therapeutic techniques under one roof. Additionally, necessary medications can be prescribed and properly managed.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resource Treatment Center provides structured and therapeutically intensive treatment programs that offer comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that meets the needs of the youth and families we serve. Here at Resource, we focus on providing a structured environment while also allowing for individualized services for all youth in our care. Additionally, our programs allow youth to experience a sense of normalcy in the programming process while also benefiting from an array of services that have a therapeutic foundation.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
At Resource treatment Center, we use a number of different evidence-based practices in order to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival, each patient is assessed using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to match treatment techniques to each patient’s unique strengths, needs, and risks. At Resource, we offer two separate residential treatment programs which include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment will determine which program is going to best fit your individual needs. We approach treatment with a phase system approach, where each patient is required to complete four different phases, including identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both programs include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: Each one of our residential treatment program patients sees a psychiatrist on a regular basis for any medication needs. Patients in the PRTF program see the psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see the psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and focus on the application and generalization of new skills. These newly learned skills can then be implemented into the home and community. We also have individual skill-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies including: social, emotional, education, self-care, health and wellness, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held at least once a day, but you may participate in more groups depending upon on your particular needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a number of different topics, including anger management, healthy coping skills, social skills, and independent living skills. Group therapy provides structured skill-based programming that allows for learning skills to be developed and promotes specific critical skills in a structured manner.
Family therapy: Family therapy is held at least every two weeks in which we use practices based on multi-systems therapy. During this time, our therapists will move the entire family through a process to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold family night in order to help educate family members about their loved one’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: We offer our patients a fully accredited on-site school, held in a traditional classroom setting for 3 hours each day. School services include credit recovery and GED preparation.
In addition to our regular treatment techniques, we also offer a number of experiential programming options, including:
- NA meetings for those struggling with substance abuse concerns
- Community outings
- Youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Pro-social activities
- Computer lab
- Student council
- Daily recreational group therapy
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
- Volunteering in the community
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:
- 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
- Crisis intervention
- Dental and vision care
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
All discharge planning begins as soon as a patient is admitted to our treatment center. Here at Resource, we place a high priority on effective discharge planning in order to ensure that all continuing care needs are in place before the child leaves our treatment center. We have a criteria put in place to warrant a successful discharge. The criteria that a child must meet in order to be considered safe to successfully discharge include the following:
- Has reached a level of stability where this level of placement is no longer needed
- Displays significantly improved conditions by exhibiting little or no maladaptive behaviors
- Is able to articulate plans to manage his or her emotional and/or behavioral responses in regards to various psychosocial stressors
- Is better able to manage potential family conflict
- The family of the youth has demonstrated a commitment towards successful reunification based on their level of participation in their child’s treatment
- There are reasonable expectations that the patient will be compliant with family rules and expectations, as well as remain free from legal involvement
- Has articulated plans to manage independent living skills, such as employment, school, etc.
- Has taken an active part in his or her discharge planning and can reasonably be expected to follow through on all aspects of that discharge plan
- Demonstrates the ability to maintain a lower risk of participating in unsafe behaviors that present them as a risk to the community