Self-harm, also known as “self-injury,” and “non-suicidal self-injury,” is a way that some people cope with the stresses of everyday life. People who engage in self-harm often use this as a way of expressing emotions that can’t be put into words, as a distraction from life, or to release pent-up emotional pain. After a person self-injures, they may feel a release – for a while – until the painful emotions resurface, causing the individual to want to self-harm again. Many individuals who engage in self-harm wish to stop this behavior but do not know how. If you self-harm, know this: you deserve to feel better and can do so without hurting yourself.
Cutting can be used as a way of expressing and coping with deep emotional distress; hurting oneself can be the only way one knows how to manage these distressing feelings. Many individuals report feelings of self-loathing, sadness, emptiness, rage, and guilt that can trigger an episode of self-mutilation. Unfortunately, the release experienced by self-harm only lasts for a short time and creates more problems for the individual.
While most people assume that self-harm is the act of cutting oneself, but there are many ways in which a person can self-injure. These may include burning, hitting one’s head, hitting oneself, sticking objects into the skin, punching things, throwing one’s body against hard objects, intentionally picking at wounds to prevent healing, and ingesting poison or inappropriate objects. Other ways an individual may self-harm is to deliberately place themselves in danger such as driving recklessly, binge-drinking, ingesting too many drugs, or practicing risky sexual behaviors.
As self-harm is a temporary solution to an unresolved emotional issue, it is vital that those who engage in non-suicidal self-injury seek help. If you’re not sure where to turn, are afraid of telling another person for fear of judgment, or are scared to stop, it’s time for you to turn to the specialists at Delta Medical Center. In our center for healing, we offer compassionate care to help you understand and work through your emotional problems as well as medical attention for any of the consequences of your self-injurious behaviors. You don’t have to face this alone – let Delta help you learn to help yourself.
Why You Should Seek Inpatient Care for Self-harm at Delta
Without proper treatment, individuals who are engaging in self-harming behaviors will only get worse as the root cause is not being properly addressed. Additionally, the act of cutting or burning oneself can lead to serious health consequences and lasting effects. Although self-harm is not usually meant as a suicide attempt, sometimes an individual can go too far and their self-injurious behavior can result in death. If you or a loved one is harming themselves it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
At Delta Medical Center, we have the advantage of being able to offer our patients medical and psychological care under the same roof. Our caring and compassionate treatment staff, composed of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, dietitians, physical therapists, and therapists offer you the 24 hour care that you need in order to overcome your self-harming behaviors. We are a top specialty-referral hospital that delivers excellent services to those in need. The staff at Delta is fully committed to providing comprehensive treatment to each individual that comes to us for help. With the proper care and support you can stop harming yourself and go on to live a happy life.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Delta Medical Center is determined to provide each patient with quality care delivered with respect and dignity. Our qualified medical and psychiatric staff will be able to help you properly learn to stop engaging in self-harming behaviors and learn better ways of coping with outside stressors. At Delta, we offer a holistic approach to self-harm treatment, meaning that we aim to treat not just your symptoms, but the whole you. The staff at Delta provide progressive and comprehensive care with excellence, compassion, and competence. We work hard to be a beacon of light for our community.
Treatment Approaches for self-harm at Delta Behavioral Health
Upon arriving at Delta you will undergo a complete medical and psychological assessment to determine what your needs are. Based upon the findings, our fully-trained staff will develop a treatment plan that is unique for your condition and any other existing disorders.
Medication may be used at the beginning of your treatment to help with any symptoms you may be experiencing. Once you have developed better ways of coping with your emotions and outside stressors, medication may be reduced or even eliminated. All medication decisions will be made by your treatment team and will be continuously monitored.
Individual therapy may be used when an individual requires more one-on-one time with a therapist. Time may be spent determining what has lead you to start harming yourself and healthier ways of coping. Although the majority of work is done in group sessions we do understand that there are times when an individual needs more of a private setting.
Group therapy is used to allow individuals the opportunity to connect with other individuals facing similar struggles. We offer both process-based and psycho-educational groups to allow you to work through your feelings and learn a bit more about self-harm and the treatment process.
Family therapy is offered at Delta for individuals who require help reestablishing family connections and work through problems within the family dynamic. Family sessions will be used to process emotions surrounding your self-harming behavior. Your family members will have a chance to express their feelings and voice their concerns.
In addition to traditional therapeutic programs, Delta offers a number of experiential treatments to help heal the whole you. These methods may include:
- Nutritional and wellness counseling
- Spiritual guidance
- Therapeutic activities
- Recreational therapy
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
When your time with us is over, we will make sure that you have an aftercare plan put in place so that you can continue to heal. You and your treatment team will decide which program will be best for your current needs. For some, one of our intensive outpatient programs is the next step of care. We offer both a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for individuals ready to step down into outpatient treatment. If you are discharging home, we will provide you with appointments and referrals to our outpatient clinic along with connections to local community resources to allow for continued support.