Self-harming behaviors can be confusing and heart-breaking, both for the person participating in the behaviors as well as for his or her family and friends. Self-harm occurs when a person purposely and deliberately inflicts pain onto his or her own body. This pain can come in the form of things like cutting, burning, punching, and various other behaviors. The act of self-mutilation works toward easing a person’s uncontrollable inner pain by taking control of his or her outer pain. Once the behavior has started, it can be extremely difficult to stop. Even if the person wants to put an end to the self-inflicted harm, it can be just as difficult as stopping any form of addiction. But it is possible to put an end to this behavior. It is possible to fight the inner pain so that the outer pain no longer needs to exist.
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we understand the very unique challenge that self-harm can inflict upon a person’s life. We offer a program that is tailored to meet those unique needs so that men and women can overcome this devastating impulse. Located in Columbus, Ohio, we are a free-standing behavioral and mental health hospital designed to treat individuals suffering from a variety of mental illnesses and substance addictions. We are here to provide you with the help that you need and deserve.
Helping a Love One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone in your life is walking down the destructive path of self-injury, you may be feeling helpless as to what you can do to help him or her stop the behavior. You might also be struggling with the frustration of not being able to understand why he or she would ever want to purposely hurt him or herself in the first place. Your feelings are completely understandable. It can be difficult for anyone to see how self-injury can be beneficial in any way. But, unfortunately, some people have found that this is the only way that they are able to cope with the negative emotions that they cannot seem to control. In many situations, the only way that these individuals can develop the tools to address their emotions in a healthy way is through intensive therapeutic treatment.
Because of the sensitivity that surrounds the act of self-harm, you may feel nervous about presenting your loved one with the idea of receiving treatment. Approaching your loved one may be one of the most difficult things that you do, but it is essential that you understand that without an intervention it is possible that these behaviors will get worse, resulting in devastating effects. If you are apprehensive about confronting your loved one with your concerns, here are some suggestions to keep in mind:
- Refrain from being judgmental
- Offer help, support, and reassurance
- Do not lecture or argue with your loved one
- Do not make him or her explain to you why the behaviors exist
- Be sympathetic
- Do not blame yourself; remember that this is about your loved one, not about you
- Ask for support from other people in your loved one’s life
Why Seek Treatment at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
People who self-injure are very likely struggling with additional concerns, such as mental health disorders or problems with substance abuse. The emotional turmoil that typically instigates the initial act of self-harm alone can be devastating, and the added stress of a mental illness or substance addiction serves to make life even more difficult. Without proper treatment, the effects of self-harm can cause devastation. And in some instances, the effects can be fatal.
If you are struggling with the compulsive need to self-harm, an inpatient treatment program may be the most beneficial type of treatment to give you the help that you need. Inpatient treatment programs can address the reasons why you self-injure, as well as any other behavioral or mental health concerns that may be present. By receiving treatment in an inpatient program, you are able to receive the help that you need in the safest environment possible. Entering an inpatient program provides you with the opportunity to step out of the stressors of your everyday life so that you can focus solely on getting well. Through a combination of various therapies and medication management, this type of program can help you win the battle against your behaviors and start living the life that you want to live.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry, we center our philosophy on an understanding of the fact that all of our patients have a history of life experiences that have be instrumental in forming them into the people that they are. We know that the problems they are currently struggling with are only a small part of who they are and who they will become. Our goal for everyone who begins their path to healing at our treatment center is that they will find hope and a renewed sense of contentment and well-being in a safe and confidential environment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry
Our treatment programs at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry focus on the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach. Our highly trained and qualified staff consists of a psychiatrist, social workers, therapists, nurses, mental health associates, STNA’s, recreation therapists, art therapists, and dieticians. Each and every member of our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care for all of our patients while working towards meeting the individual needs presented by each patient. Some of the treatment methods that are incorporated into this individualized care include:
Medication can be a very beneficial aspect of treatment when patients are struggling with self-harming behaviors. While in our inpatient program, all medications are monitored by a primary care physician in order to ensure their therapeutic effectiveness as well as to make any changes that are needed.
Individual therapy is designed to be a time for patients to meet privately with their therapist so that they can address the specific aspects of their treatment plans that are unique to them. These times also provide our patients with the added support of someone who is devoted solely to helping them get well.
Group therapy is held on a daily basis in our inpatient program. These group sessions are designed to gather patients together so that they can share their experiences and explore different ways of coping with the struggles that they are facing. This can also be extremely beneficial in helping patients realize that they are not alone. Medication compliance, mood stabilization, relapse prevention, daily living skills, and coping skills are examples of topics that may be covered during these group sessions.
Family therapy is a time designated to helping patients and their loved ones learn to communicate in a positive manner while also repairing various aspects of relationships that may have been broken by the presence of the self-injury behaviors. This is also a time for family members to become educated on what self-harm is and how they can best support their loved one.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The staff at Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry understands that leaving an inpatient program can be intimidating for our patients as they face the challenge of returning to their everyday lives. In order to provide the utmost comfort possible during this process, your treatment team will work with you in developing an after care plan in order to determine what the next step in your recovery should be. Some patients will benefit from entering into a partial hospitalization program or an intensive outpatient program. These programs are designed to help patients slowly integrate back into their community while still having the comfort of spending most of their day a therapeutic environment. Other patients may be at a point where they are ready to return home. For these individuals, our case management team will work towards finding appropriate support groups and any other outside resources that may be beneficial in continuing your recovery process.