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What Is Self-Harm?

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What is self-harm? Self-harm is a behavior that is often associated with substance abuse and mental health conditions. It is a serious issue that affects many people, and it is important to understand what it is, why people do it, and how it can be treated. At Northpoint Washington, we provide comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment to help patients overcome their struggles with self-harm and other related issues. Call us today at 888.450.2153 to learn more about our self-harm treatment program in Washington.

What Is Self-Harm?

Self-harm is a behavior that involves intentionally injuring oneself. It can take many forms, including cutting, burning, scratching, hitting, and biting oneself. Self-harm is often a coping mechanism for individuals who are experiencing emotional pain or distress. It can provide temporary relief from negative feelings, but it can also lead to serious physical and emotional harm.

What Leads to Self-Harm?

Self-harm is often associated with underlying mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals who have experienced trauma or abuse may also be more likely to engage in self-harm as a way to cope with their emotions. Substance abuse can also be a contributing factor, as drugs and alcohol can lower inhibitions and impair judgment, making it more likely for individuals to engage in self-harm.

Types of Self-Harm

There are many types of self-harm, and recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all symptom is important. Here are some common types of self-harm:

  • Cutting – This involves using a sharp object, such as a razor blade, to cut the skin. The cuts are usually made on the arms, legs, or wrists.
  • Burning – This involves using heat or flames to burn the skin, often with a lighter or matches.
  • Scratching – This involves using the fingernails or other sharp objects to scratch the skin, often to the point of bleeding.
  • Hair pulling – This involves pulling out one’s own hair, often from the scalp, eyebrows, or eyelashes.
  • Biting – This involves biting oneself, often leaving teeth marks or breaking the skin.
  • Punching or hitting oneself – This involves hitting oneself, often with a closed fist, in order to cause pain.
  • Poisoning or overdosing – This involves intentionally ingesting toxic substances or taking an overdose of medication.

It’s important to note that self-harm can take many forms and can vary widely from person to person. If you or someone you know is engaging in self-harm, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional as soon as possible.

How Is Self-Harm Treated?

The treatment for self-harm depends on the underlying causes and the severity of the behavior. At Northpoint Washington, we provide comprehensive addiction and mental health treatment that addresses the root causes of self-harm. Our programs and services include, but are not limited to:

  • Drug rehab
  • Alcohol detox
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Medicated detox
  • Holistic treatment
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Strengths-based therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

In addition to these therapies, we also provide a supportive environment for our patients. Our high-end facility offers quality care in a close-knit community, which helps our patients feel comfortable and supported throughout their treatment journey. We also provide aftercare services to help our patients transition back to their daily lives and maintain their sobriety and mental health.

Get Treatment for All Types of Self-Harm at Northpoint Washington

At Northpoint Washington, we understand the complex relationship between substance abuse and self-harm. Our dual diagnosis treatment approach addresses both issues simultaneously, helping our patients achieve long-term recovery and mental wellness.

Contact us today at 888.450.2153 to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help you achieve lasting recovery and mental wellness.