A New Approach to Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Finds Success in Texas

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Residential program at The Meehl House aims to help BPD individuals reclaim their lives.

An intensive residency program at The Meehl House in Brazoria, Texas is helping individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder reduce the symptoms of BPD and reclaim their lives. Residents who have been unable to achieve long-term mental wellness elsewhere are finding results at this program due to a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and life skills in a group home setting.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is comprised of four components: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation. Residents benefit from 24-hour access to teaching and application of both DBT Skills and Life Skills in real-time situations. Family involvement and a plan for a continuum of care are also integral parts of the program.

Residents typically stay at The Meehl House for up to sixty days, depending on particular mental health and any co-occurring substance abuse needs. These clients come from locations throughout Southeast Texas, including nearby Houston. According to information published by The Institute for Health Policy of UTHealth of Houston, more than 1.4 million Houstonians are a friend, family member or coworker of a person with a type of severe mental illness, including Borderline Personality Disorder.

The Meehl House, located along the Gulf Coast in Brazoria, Texas, has been serving clients since 1998. To schedule an interview with Debra Meehl, President of The Meehl Foundation, or learn more about the residential services for BPD, interested journalists may contact the Meehl Foundation at 979.798.7972. A full list of services is available for viewing online at http://www.meehlfoundation.org.

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