For some of us, anxiety, depression, substance use, and the stresses of daily life can be overwhelming. Many people deal with this inner struggle by turning to self-harm as an outlet for painful emotions. We all need healthy ways to deal with life’s challenges. At Canyon Crossing, we want to help you find a healthy alternative to self-harm.
Signs of Self-Harm
Self-harm, also referred to as self-injury, can look different for everyone. The ways that people hurt themselves are far more varied than you might expect – they extend beyond cutting to include scratching, burning, hitting, piercing, pulling out hair, or persistently picking at scabs.
The stigma surrounding this issue results in shame and embarrassment, which can make it challenging for those who self-harm to seek help on their own. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to contact Canyon Crossing today.
Symptoms of self-harm include…
- Scars, cuts, or heavy bandaging
- Burns, scratches, or bruises
- Wearing long sleeves or pants all the time, even in hot weather
- Emotional upset or agitation
- Expressing feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, self-loathing
- Relationship issues and isolation
- Blood stains on belongings
- Difficulty functioning at school or work
- Possession of sharp objects or other paraphernalia
Treatment for Self-Harm
A lot of people who self-harm do so because they are trying to deal with negative, painful emotions. The recovery process involves learning to address these feelings through new, healthier coping mechanisms.
Therapeutic modalities used at Canyon Crossing include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Experiential treatment (art therapy, music therapy, ecotherapy, equine therapy)
- Mindfulness training
- Group therapy
- Community living
Breaking the cycle of self-harm may feel impossible, but with professional help, it is fully within your reach. At Canyon Crossing, each person’s program is based on a fully individualized treatment plan. This ensures that treatment is tailored to your unique needs, not a one-size-fits-all program. Through comprehensive, evidence-based care, we will work with you to build your self-esteem, address traumatic events in your past, and create a strong foundation for the future.
To learn more about our self-harm recovery program, contact Canyon Crossing today.