How Does Narcissism Affect Treatment and Recovery?

Narcissism, Treatment and Recovery

Narcissism, Treatment and Recovery

Narcissistic personality disorder is a common problem among people struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Narcissism is characterized by an extreme love of oneself and condescending behavior towards others. It has numerous negative effects on a person’s social life, so people typically view these people as socially unacceptable. People struggling with narcissism will also experience the following stumbling blocks to addiction treatment:

  • They will present confidence in their control over the drug or alcohol use and refuse to believe that there is a problem
  • They will refuse to accept that they are in need of treatment for the addiction
  • They will inform family, friends and doctors that they can quit using drugs or alcohol at any time
  • They will often sabotage the plans and interventions of friends and family to provide treatment
  • They will often lose many relationships due to their behavior, which leaves them without people to help them get treatment and recover from addiction
  • They will often have a holier-than-thou attitude towards doctors and other staff during treatment
  • They will often have difficulty during aftercare due to their condescending attitude towards others who are trying to help

The symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder will also often mask the symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction. This can create numerous health problems as the addiction could proceed unnoticed and untreated by professionals. Narcissists commonly feel the normal emotional consequences that arise when drug use negatively affects family or friends, because they lack empathy for others. For many addicts who do not struggle with narcissism, the weight of emotional consequences that arise due to drug use is reason enough to enter treatment. This weight is commonly felt during an addiction intervention, and is often the reason that many interventions are successful. Because narcissists are typically unaffected by the weight of their actions towards others, interventions can often be unsuccessful. Co-occurring conditions of addiction and narcissism often require specialized treatment in a Dual Diagnosis facility where proper care can be provided. A Dual Diagnosis treatment facility can provide the following care to ensure that narcissists struggling with addiction get better treatment:

  • Personalized care that can effectively address all of the different symptoms of both conditions
  • Trained specialists who are educated and knowledgeable on how to offer advanced and specific care for people struggling with co-occurring disorders
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to help the narcissist identify and correct negative behavior
  • Specialized family counseling that helps family members understand more about narcissism and addiction in order to provide a more conducive home environment for all

Seeking treatment for addiction and narcissism is essential to experiencing a speedy and healthy recovery.

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