- Mental Health
Addiction to Self-Harm
Understanding the Reason
Self-harm is the act of inflicting harm upon yourself in order to feel (or stop feeling) something. In many cases, it produces a feeling of being released from emotional or mental turmoil to the person harming them-self by giving them control over something, or by simply providing a simple way to take ones mind off of everything else going on around them. There are many ways by which self-harm is achieved. The most common is through cutting of the wrists, arms, legs, stomach, or anywhere else you might think of, but some people will; burn, hit, scratch, or bite them-selfs, while others may punch things in order to hurt their knuckles. Regardless of how it is done they are all equally severe and, if continued long enough, can become a very real addiction.
If you are struggling with self-harm, you may be wondering if there is a way out. I can tell you right now, there most certainly is hope! I personally struggled with self-harm for years. I was 'hopelessly' addicted and I could see no way out or any chance of my situation improving. If you are in the same boat that I was over 1 and a half years ago, you can do it too.
Some studies show that 1 in 12 teenagers partake in some form of self-harm. It is definitely a serious problem in todays society! The fact that millions of teens in the world feel like they need to hurt themselves is no laughing matter.
What Can I Do?
Recovery from this addiction is definitely not an easy one, but with persistance, determination and an open mind, you can overcome this plague that is affecting so much of our society.
You should always begin by seeking professional help! Therapy, as awful as it sounds, can be one of the most helpful tools to your recovery. You may feel like it is only for those who are mentally ill, or for those who go through many more hardships than you are or have gone through. This, however, is not the case! You do not have to be crazy, but an addiction is a very common illness. Yes, it is an illness! If you had a broken back, you'd want to go to a chiropractor, would you not? If you had H1N1 you would go to a doctor for antibiotics, correct? Well, if you have an addiction to cutting, it only makes sense to go to a psychologist or therapist in order to receive treatment for that illness! The steps that a good bout of therapy sessions can help you make can go a very long way.
When you harm yourself, you are displaying an unhealthy coping mechanism. A coping mechanism is a way of working through your issues, whether healthy or unhealthy. When you use an unhealthy coping mechanism you are not actually working through your issues in your mind, you are drowning them out temporarily.
One of the best ways to help you through your struggle is to develop a healthy coping skill. This skill can be any number of things! What do you enjoy doing? What helps you to relax? I highly recommend working on speaking through your problems with somebody. This, again, is an excellent area to work on with a therapist.
When Things Get Out of Hand
Finally, if you are feeling the need to kill yourself seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY! It is very important to pull yourself out of harms way! There are things that can be done to help you out of these feelings, and to set you on the fast-track to recovery.
Everything that you are struggling with is only a fog. It will go away, and you will be able to move past it. In the moment this is unbelievable, I know, but there is a whole lot of life left over after these moments pass.
I want to wish everyone struggling with this addiction the best of luck. I hope that I have bee able to assist some of you in the reduction of your harm, and want you all to know that if someone like me could pull through you can do it as well! Feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer as quickly as possible to the best of my abilities.
Be ready for the long, hard, but very rewarding, path of recovery!