Every year on March 1, thousands of people worldwide focus their attention toward raising awareness around the plight of self-injury. As part of this grassroots annual event, Self-Injury Awareness Day was created in order to break the stigma surrounding self-harm in order to encourage those who are suffering to reach out.
What is Self-Injury?
Self-injury, also called self-harm or self-mutilation, is a type of self-abuse where a person intentionally harms themselves repeatedly as a form of emotional release, rather than to be an act of attempted suicide.
According to Mental Health America, the most common types of self-injury include:
- Skin cutting
- Head banging or hitting
Self-Injury in the United States
Approximately 4 percent of American adults suffer from self-harm. Rates of teenaged Americans is more than three times as high, affecting some 15 percent of adolescents.
Why Do People Self-Harm?
When it comes to what leads a person to self-harm, there can be a number of influences and triggers. When asked, people who self-harm either report that they feel empty, lonely, overstimulated, depressed, anxious or dealing with some other type of over or underwhelming emotion in which leads them to use self-harm as a form of relief.
Self Injury Awareness Day
In a Huffington Post article, SIAD Founder Wedge Black states that many of the assumptions around why people self-harm are inaccurate. As a person who self-harmed as an adolescent, Black notes that burning or cutting become coping mechanisms that help to silent or reduce distress. As a teen, he felt that he felt alone in his suffering and didn’t know that there were others out there using the same type of methods in order to find a peace of mind.
After getting diagnosed with depression and anxiety, Black was able to recover, but as a way of helping to illuminate the problem and help others find liberation, he started Self-injury Awareness Day. While this is a step in the right direction, he reminds us that one day is not enough.
If you’d like to get involved with Self-injury Awareness Day check out the Life Signs webpage.
Addiction and Self-Harming
According to the Dual Diagnosis website, self-harm can actually be a type of addiction itself, and when used alongside chemical substances, psychological, emotional, and physiological impacts are compounded. An Oxford study found that 8.7 percent of people who self-harmed were also abusing some type of substance. Some people may even use a substance as a way of intentionally poisoning themselves.
Recovery from self-harm is possible. If coupled with a substance, finding a treatment center capable of dual diagnosis treatment can offer many advantages in ensuring that you or a family member receives the best chance at a total recovery. Adequate treatment goes beyond abstinence. The impulse to self-injure poses implications of mental illness, such as depression or suppressed trauma. Treating root causes is essential toward ensuring recovery from the inside out.
In addition to offering addiction counseling, First Step Center of sunny Arizona specializes in dual diagnosis treatment and trauma-informed care. With a small clientele base, First Step Center’s all-male residential treatment facility can create custom treatment plans for each client in order to meet individual needs.
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It’s time to stop using substance or inflicted pain as a way to cope. You do not need to continue hiding in shame or fear. There is help just a phone call away. To find out more about Self-injury Awareness Day, or to take the next step in addiction recovery, call us now at 8668326398.