Treatment for Self-Harm

When a man or woman experiences severe emotional turmoil and is unable to cope with such feelings in a healthy manner, an unfortunate resolution for these individuals is to engage in dangerous self-harming behaviors. Such inner pain can be caused by an environmental stressor, such as losing one’s job or going through a painful divorce, yet many mental health professionals agree that the occurrence of self-harm often suggests that an individual is grappling with the symptoms of a mental health condition. Harbor Oaks Hospital, a leading behavioral healthcare provider, understands that those who self-mutilate need relief from the pain that causes them to inflict harm onto themselves. We supply various levels of care and therapeutic interventions that are aimed at addressing the causes of turmoil and treating any existing symptoms of a mental health disorder or disorders. Our caring staff of experienced professionals is trained to facilitate the skills needed to abstain from self-harming behaviors so that every man and woman who comes to Harbor Oaks for care can come to manage urges and abstain from self-injurious behaviors.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

Close friends and family members may not always be aware that someone they care about is partaking in self-mutilation. Those who self-harm often go to great lengths to conceal these behaviors in order to avoid any kind of criticism or worry from those who are close to them. Additionally, men and women who self-harm often have a hard time ceasing these actions despite requests from friends and loved ones to stop self-mutilating once it becomes apparent that self-injury is a factor in a person’s life. However, friends, family members, or other close loved ones can assist someone they care about in getting the necessary care that will help end self-destructing behaviors:

  • Talk with your loved one about his or her self-harming behaviors, conveying your worry and concern for his or her safety.
  • Create a safety plan with your loved one so that he or she knows that someone can help him or her in the event he or she is experiencing urges to self-mutilate.
  • Research viable treatment options that can help your loved one. Additionally, it is a good idea to locate a treatment provider that can care for your loved one on an emergent basis should your loved one’s self-harm become life-threatening.
  • Assist your loved one in scheduling an assessment with a mental health provider and agree to accompany him or her to that appointment.
  • Convey your unwavering support for your loved one to him or her during this difficult time.

Lastly, you can consult with your loved one’s treatment provider to understand how you can help the person you care about once he or she has completed the therapeutic process. By doing this, you will know how you can best help your loved one in maintaining the success he or she achieved in treatment and resist/prevent urges to self-harm in the future.

Why Consider Treatment at Harbor Oaks Hospital

Those who grapple with intrusive thoughts about self-harm and subsequently inflict pain onto themselves are at risk for several detrimental effects if these thoughts, behaviors, and underlying causes are not addressed and treated. Men and women who battle these concerns for a long period of time are, sadly, at a heightened risk for permanent damage or accidental death should the means by which these individuals self-injure become more dangerous. Additionally, if the individual is battling a mental illness at the same time, the symptoms of that condition can worsen and further compromise an individual’s ability to refrain from self-harming. When such symptoms become worse, there is a greater likelihood for the development of an additional mental health disorder, suicidal ideations, or even attempts at suicide. Fortunately, those who are requiring treatment to alleviate inner pain and the self-destructive behaviors that result can receive it as there are many effective treatment options available that can help improve the lives of those embattled in the often vicious cycle of self-harm.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital

Harbor Oaks Hospital, an exemplary provider of mental health and chemical dependency treatment, is pleased to offer a number of treatment options designed to help children, adolescents, adults, and older adults realize their capacity to change and overcome the behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and substance abuse concerns that plague them. As an acute care hospital, we employ a number of therapeutic interventions that fulfill our mission to provide holistic treatment that cares for the whole person. The programming featured at Harbor Oaks incorporates didactic behavioral therapy, The Hazelden Curriculum, the 12-step model for care, and motivational interviewing into the techniques woven into the therapeutic experience. Our caring staff administers this treatment with the utmost compassion and respect for all who are entrusted into our care so that true healing and recovery can be achieved.

At Harbor Oaks Hospital, we operate under the unified goal of providing each patient with individualized care so that the most favorable treatment outcomes are the result. In order to achieve this goal, we supply the following treatment methods, of which have proven effectiveness in improving the lives of those who come to our superior hospital for treatment:

Medically-monitored detox services: For adults who have developed a physical dependence on drugs and/or alcohol, medically-monitored detox is often the first line of defense in helping these individuals become sober and being the process of recovery. Our staff of highly-trained and experienced physicians and nurses supervise patients as they go through the process of withdrawal so as to minimize the risks involved. Within these services, certain medications may be administered to make withdrawal as comfortable as possible so that the therapeutic process can begin once an individual’s body is rid of the harmful substances that led to his or her addiction.

Medication management: For many mental health conditions, such as those that could cause a person to self-injure, pharmaceutical intervention is necessary in order to alleviate the severe symptoms of such illnesses. Individuals engaged in Harbor Oak’s innovative programming can meet with one of our onsite psychiatrists who can determine if medication is needed, monitor an individual once a medication regimen has begun, and make adjustments to any medication prescribed so as to garner the most favorable outcomes for each patient.

Individual therapy: Depending on the program, a patient at Harbor Oaks can partake in one-on-one therapy sessions with a mental health professional. Within these sessions, a patient can process his or her emotions regarding his or her progress in overcoming the symptoms of an existing mental illness and self-harming behaviors, discuss any concerns that should arise during the course of treatment, and work through inner turmoil within the confines of a confidential, therapeutic relationship.

Group therapy: Therapy administered in a group format is an integral part of the treatment offered at Harbor Oaks. These groups are led by qualified mental health professionals and allow patients to find additional support from others who have endured similar struggles. The following topics are covered in the myriad of groups offered at Harbor Oaks:

  • Mental illness education
  • Substance abuse education
  • DBT-informed skills
  • Medication education
  • The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous

Family meetings and education: At Harbor Oaks, we believe that family support and involvement can increase a person’s chances for achieving lasting healing and recovery from the inner turmoil that is likely causing an individual to self-harm. Because of this belief, we facilitate family meetings between patients and their families to discuss the therapeutic process, discharge planning, and methods for improving relationships within the family unit. We also supply education opportunities for family members so that those closest to our patients can learn more about mental health disorders and addiction.      

Activity therapy: Depending on the program, patients at Harbor Oaks can engage in a wide variety of activity therapies. These therapies are implemented into a patient’s treatment in order to meet the varying needs of those entrusted into our care. The following activity therapies are those that are featured within our programming:

  • Gym
  • Art therapy
  • Pet therapy with dogs

An individualized treatment plan is created for each and every patient at Harbor Oaks. The previously mentioned therapies may or may not be part of a patient’s care as these plans are tailored to meet the specific and unique needs of those who partake in the exceptional treatment offered at Harbor Oaks Hospital.

Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment

In order to ensure that our patients are successful after completing inpatient treatment, the staff at Harbor Oaks Hospital begins discharge planning from the moment an individual embarks on the therapeutic process. These plans can include safety plans and referrals for services so that any positive strides made while at Harbor Oaks are continued and built upon.

At Harbor Oaks, we conduct an ongoing assessment of each patient’s needs in order to determine the most appropriate course of action once a person completes a level of care. Regardless of the program, we diligently work to ensure that every patient will receive the all-encompassing care needed to continue the healing and recovery process. In order to achieve this mission, Harbor Oaks Hospital supplies a number of less intensive treatment options for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Our mental health partial hospitalization programs and adult chemical dependency intensive outpatient program are designed to meet the needs of those who do not require or no longer need the stabilization offered in an inpatient treatment setting.

If you or a loved one is in need of specialized care that is geared towards helping people live happy, healthy lives, let Harbor Oaks Hospital be your preferred provider of superior behavioral healthcare.

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