Cutting and Self-Harm: Getting Support, Help and Treatment

By The Care Centers. Posted on Fri Feb 19 2016

Cutting or harming yourself can be a powerful coping mechanism for handling abuse, anxiety, depression, and other difficult situations and disorders. If you are a “cutter” or you engage in any other self-harm, you are not alone, and you have nothing to be ashamed of. But you do need help and support to get through this and learn to handle your triggers without hurting yourself.

Understanding Why People Cut and Hurt Themselves
If you’re like a lot of people who perform self-harm as a coping mechanism, the first time you cut, burned, or otherwise hurt yourself was probably an accident. You slipped while cutting a piece of fruit, or you touched a pan too soon after taking it off of a hot burner. As the initial pain subsided, you suddenly felt better. You felt like you were in control, and you felt good for the first time in a long time. So you did it again. And again.

The Dangers of Self-Harm
Unfortunately, as your body has grown accustomed to the pain of cutting or hurting yourself, you’ve needed to cut deeper or hurt yourself more severely to get the same blissful feeling. At the same time, that feeling only lasts a little while, so you find yourself doing it more and more often. Worse yet, you are embarrassed by the scars you’ve left on your skin, so you cover them up with long sleeves, and you try to avoid interacting with others because you’re afraid they’ll judge you. This makes you feel even worse, so you resort to even more self-harm.

Getting Help Can Give You Lasting Relief Without Pain
If you’ve tried to stop cutting or harming yourself, but you cannot seem to stop the compulsion, you are definitely not alone. Thousands, if not millions, of people every year go through the same thing you’re going through now, and there is help. With residential rehabilitation, you can get individual and group counseling in a non-judgmental environment, where you can learn about your triggers and how to deal with them without picking up a razor or otherwise hurting yourself.

Ongoing Support and Care
Whether you go to an inpatient residential facility or you get outpatient care, you will not be magically cured of cutting yourself when your treatment ends. Fortunately, though, there are low-cost and free options to attend support groups where people just like you talk about dealing with their triggers and coping with their lives without hurting themselves. You can also get ongoing one-on-one or group counseling as part of your aftercare to help you stay on track and continue feeling better and better.

Your Feelings Are Valid and You Deserve to Feel Better
No matter what kind of care or support you get, you should know that your feelings matter and are valid, and you deserve to feel better. In your treatment and aftercare, you’ll learn to get in touch with your emotions so that you can identify them and better understand your triggers. To get started, contact one of The Care Centers’ locations near you today.

Tags: Mental Health