Substance use and borderline personality disorder: fostering hope in the face of complexity

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Objective: Impulsivity and emotional dysregulation are common characteristics of patients presenting with co-occurring borderline personality disorder (BPD) and substance use disorder (SUD). This article aims to provide an overview of the clinical approaches psychiatrists should consider when treating patients with these conditions. Conclusions: Co-occurring BPD and SUD can be effectively treated within a staged, transdiagnostic approach with an emphasis on the therapeutic alliance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-572
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • addiction
  • borderline personality disorder
  • comorbidity
  • dual diagnosis
  • substance use disorder

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