Dissociative Personality Disorder and Methadone Addiction

Dissociative Personality Disorder and Methadone AddictionDissociative personality disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder or dissociative identity disorder, is a severe psychiatric condition that fragments a person’s identity into two or more distinct personalities. Oddly enough, these fragments may or may not be aware of each other, which often times leaves patients in the dark about their problems. People who suffer from this rare disorder are commonly survivors of severe physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse.

How Dissociative Personality Disorder Relates to Methadone Addiction

Because people with dissociative personality disorder (DPD) usually suffered acute abuse in their past, they often seek to deaden their grief through various methods. These patients often abuse drugs to relieve their painful memories and to distance themselves from what happened to them. As a result, addiction and DPD can become concurrent, also known as having co-occurring or co-morbid issues. These problems often begin as coping methods for childhood abuse. Other issues can also be present in someone with DPD, such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and borderline personality disorder. Because the nature of these multiple issues can intensify, complicate and even mask each other, professional help is necessary to treat a methadone addict who also suffers from DPD.

Treatment for Co-occurring Issues

Treatment for methadone addicts with dissociative personality disorder is more complicated than is treatment for only one problem at a time. This is true not only because of the underlying trauma, abuse and other issues that often accompany DPD (such as anxiety, depression, etc.), but also because of the withdrawal symptoms that occur when an addict goes through detox. Many methadone addicts keep abusing this drug not because they want to stay addicted, but because they want to avoid the painful detox process. Withdrawal symptoms of methadone addiction include the following issues:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Delusions
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Delirium
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Heightened sensory perception—real and imagined

Because these side effects of withdrawal are similar to some symptoms of dissociative personality disorder, it is important to seek medical attention for treating these concurrent issues. Detox and recovery from methadone abuse takes time and should be done under the care of professionals who are trained in dealing with concurring diagnoses. These professionals can help methadone addicts deal not only with the addiction, but also with the underlying issues that led to the addiction.

Help for Methadone Addiction and Disassociate Personality Disorder

If you suffer from dissociative personality disorder and methadone addiction at the same time, we can help. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline any time for free, professional advice. One of our addiction counselors will talk with you about your unique situation and the best options for treatment. You don’t have to suffer in your methadone addiction alone. Call us today and get the help you need.