Co-morbidity of personality disorders in individuals with substance use disorders

Eur Psychiatry. 2001 Aug;16(5):274-82. doi: 10.1016/s0924-9338(01)00578-8.


This review summarizes the recent literature about personality disorders among substance abusers. First, it will be shown that personality disorders are highly prevalent co-morbid conditions among addicted individuals. Second, it is argued that this co-morbidity is likely to be accounted for by multiple complex etiological relationships. Finally, the clinical relevance of routine assessment of (maladaptive) personality traits in individuals admitting for substance abuse treatment will be discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis
  • Personality Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*