Residential Treatment for DPD.

Residential Treatment for DPD

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) can leave those who have it feeling helpless, hopeless, and guilty for their inability to change. They see their disorder as a sign of weakness, not realizing they have a legitimate mental health condition that can be successfully treated. Residential treatment for dependent personality disorder at Helix Treatment Centers has helped many women regain their freedom and independence, allowing them to create a new destiny and a much better future.

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is an under-recognized mental health condition that affects one out of every 20 Americans, the majority of who are women.

Women with dependent personality disorder often feel overwhelmed by challenging situations and may struggle to cope with stress and lack confidence in their ability to handle anything with an uncertain outcome. They may be convinced that they need other people, including partners, parents, siblings, or close friends, to take care of them and look after their needs.

This dependence is frustrating, since it is so pervasive and seemingly uncontrollable. Because they lack self-esteem and self-confidence, however, women with dependent personality disorder are reluctant to ask for help. Too often they won’t take the initiative to seek a diagnosis for their condition, or enroll in a treatment program after it has been identified.

In fact, dependent personality disorder is highly responsive to treatment. This is especially true if the intervention is intensive, comprehensive, and delivered in a restful residential setting.

Treatment for Dependent Personality Disorder at Helix

Dependent personality disorder forces you to surrender your freedom of choice and hinders your self-development. With DPD you rely on the guidance of others, at the expense of your own instincts and inner voice. The result is a sacrifice of independence and a far less satisfying and fulfilling life.

The debilitating symptoms of dependent personality disorder include:

  • A habit of forming dependent or unequal relationships
  • Persistent insecurity and fear of abandonment
  • An unwillingness to make decisions without the approval of loved ones or authority figures
  • Passing off personal, educational, or occupational responsibilities to others
  • Needy behavior, designed to get attention, support, or affection
  • Fear of expressing opinions or ideas for fear of rejection

For women with DPD, the goals of treatment are two-fold. First, they will work to develop greater self-reliance and confidence in their ability to perform and cope with diverse life challenges. Second, they will strive to learn how to manage stress and anxiety more effectively, since their nervousness and uncertainty only increases the intensity of their dependent personality disorder symptoms.

Treatment for dependent personality disorder at Helix can help you meet both of these goals. It will do so by offering the best care services available, and by making you feel welcome, accepted, and embraced by everyone you encounter on your journey to wellness.

Why Choose Helix Treatment Centers for Dependent Personality Disorder Treatment?

The origins of DPD are often found in childhood. Being subjected to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse in early life can leave you vulnerable to developmental disruptions of all types. Overprotective or controlling parents often produce adult children with personality disorders as well. Exposure to abuse in a relationship later in life can also trigger the onset of DPD, if the abusive relationship lasted for a long time and especially if it included dependent behavior.

Helix Treatment Centers gives you access to highly-trained, highly-skilled therapists and mental health specialists with a deep understanding of dependent personality disorder. During individual, group, and family therapy at Helix, the roots of your DPD will be explored, along with the thinking and behavioral patterns that support it. Solutions will emerge from this self-exploration, and you’ll feel empowered by your courageous efforts to change.

Dependent behavior is a kind of adjustment or coping mechanism. But it places severe limits on your accomplishments and drains your self-respect. It is an unwelcome presence and an obstacle you must overcome before you can embrace a more productive and healthy way of living.

The evidence-based therapies you’ll be introduced to at Helix may include:

Somatic Experiencing

Somatic experiencing is an integrative therapy that recognizes how trauma and other issues are expressed both physically and psychologically. It has been proven in studies to be effective for treating PTSD but can also benefit women struggling with a range of painful memories and mental illnesses. By focusing on physical sensations, you will learn how to manage and process trauma.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT will help you become more aware of the negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions that prevent you from healing. A trained therapist will show you strategies for changing problematic thinking so that you can react more positively to difficult situations, painful memories, and other issues.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is used to manage and process traumatic experiences. It is a way of helping the brain heal and reframe trauma. In EMDR, you will be guided to remember your trauma in a safe setting and with a compassionate therapist. Using eye movements, you will begin to remove the mental blocks that have prevented you from healing from those experiences.


Mindfulness involves focusing on the present moment: breathing, physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, and the world around you. It can take the form of therapy but also meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and other practices you can use later to calm and center yourself.

Relational Psychotherapy

Healthy, balanced relationships are essential for good mental health. Many women come to treatment with relationship difficulties underlying trauma and mental illness. Relational psychotherapy can be one-on-one or with a loved one. It will help you learn and change your negative patterns in relating to other people, how to communicate effectively, and how to enjoy healthier, mutually beneficial relationships.

In addition to these primary treatment modalities, Helix also offers an extensive list of supplementary treatments. These can be used as needed to provide each resident with a unique, individualized experience for healing and wellness:

  • Family therapy
  • Grief counseling
  • DBT skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Equine-assisted therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Safe and sound protocol
  • Community peer support groups

When DPD is present, it will increase your chances of developing other mental health disorders. Women with dependent personality disorder are at high risk for anxiety disorders, eating disorders, somatic symptom disorders (suffering from chronic physical pain related to emotional distress), and other personality disorders. Your treatment plan will address all recurrent symptoms, to make sure your healing process is thorough and truly life-altering.

What to Expect the First Day

Taking the initiative doesn’t come easy for women with dependent personality disorder. That makes your decision to seek help from Helix Treatment Centers for your DPD even more admirable, and you’ll be given the respect and good wishes you deserve from the first moment you arrive at the Helix facility in sunny San Diego.

On the first day, you’ll be asked to fill out paperwork, provide some personal information, and answer some questions about various matters related to your time in treatment. Intake and admissions specialists will be available to lead you through this process, to make sure it is quick and painless.

After admission is complete, you’ll be free to check into your room, where you can unpack and begin adjusting to your new surroundings. A tour of the facility will be arranged as soon as you’re ready, during which you’ll meet with staff, administrators, treatment professionals, and other residents.

Helix is a small but exceptionally well-maintained treatment center. You’ll enjoy the peace, serenity, and beauty of the quiet surroundings immensely, and starting on the first day everyone will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at home.

Within the first 24 hours, you’ll receive your initial diagnostic evaluation by our staff.. This is an important part of the information-gathering process, and it is vitally important to diagnose all symptoms and conditions accurately and thoroughly before your formal treatment plan is finalized.

Begin Your Recovery Journey.


Your Helix Treatment Centers Experience

There is a community feeling at Helix that contributes to recovery in both tangible and intangible ways. Helix will be your home away from home at a critically important stage of your life, and the warm, supportive atmosphere you’ll be immersed in will help you stay focused on your recovery and enthusiastic about your chances for long-term healing.

The Helix house is located in the tranquil Mt. Helix neighborhood in beautiful San Diego, outside the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. Outdoors, you can stroll through or sit near a lovely garden and impeccably landscaped greenery, and inside you’ll find nicely furnished common spaces where you can rest, read, exercise, or socialize during your off-hours.

Everyone you meet and everything you see, hear, feel, and experience at Helix can help light your way to recovery. Helpful peers will be your companions on your quest for wellness, and our world-class treatment professionals will provide you with the guidance and understanding you need to truly transform your life. If you’re ready and willing to work, the sky’s the limit.

Lasting Change for a Better Life

Dependent personality disorder is a stressful condition to live with and a difficult disorder to overcome without assistance. Thankfully, dependent behavior doesn’t have to last for a lifetime. You can break your cycle of dependence, once you begin to build your self-esteem and implement a well-planned strategy for personal growth.

The characteristics associated with DPD are not fixed traits, no matter how hard it might seem to move past them. You can take control of your dependent personality disorder by taking complete responsibility for your health and wellness. You have the power to change and the ability to escape from dependency, once you understand the true nature of your condition.

At Helix, you’ll have the ideal mix of expert medical care and unconditional moral and emotional support. A new start is possible, and wherever you’d like to go, we can help you get there.

Don’t let the effects of dependent personality disorder control your life. We’re here to help. Call us today.