Self-Injury and Addiction
Addiction is dangerous and it does harm the body. It is important to be aware of how self-injury contributes to the addiction cycle.
What Is Self-Injury or Self-Harm?
Self-injury occurs when a person intentionally harms his or her own body. Self-injury is usually used as a way to cope with uncomfortable or distressing emotions and thoughts. It can be a repetitive behavior and some people describe becoming addicted to self-injury. There are thousands of ways to engage in self-harm. Some of the most common ways include the following methods:
- Picking at scabs/preventing wound healing
- Hitting different body parts
- Pressing on body parts, causing bruising
Not surprisingly, people who self-injure often have other problems such as eating disorders (particularly anorexia and bulimia), drug addiction, alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, borderline personality disorder or other mood disorders.
Why Would Someone Self-Harm?
No one is born knowing how to cope with stress. Those who struggle with particularly difficult childhoods or traumatic experiences may turn to self-injury as a way to cope. Mental illness may lower a person’s ability to handle stress, leading to self-injury. Substance abuse always complicates our ability to cope with emotional pain. People who self-injure describe it as a way to numb emotional pain or “tune out” emotional situations. Self-harmers typically have great difficulty expressing emotions.
How Self-Injury and Addiction Can Kill
Self-injury is usually not intended as a way to commit suicide. Unfortunately accidents do happen, and in many cases self-injury acts as a “training ground” for more dangerous behavior including suicide. Addiction works in much the same way. Most people who engage in substance abuse begin using as an attempt to ease anxiety or to deal with a greater problem. Addiction and substance abuse, especially when combined with self-injury, will greatly increase a person’s risk of death.
Get Addiction and Self-Injury Help Now
It is important to seek help immediately for this deadly combination. Both self-injury and addiction only become worse over time. We offer a 24 hour, toll-free helpline to get you started. When you call us, you will be connected with one of our caring and experienced recovery counselors who will take the time to learn more about you and connect you with support and resources that meet your needs. We can help you find treatment resources, rehab treatment, integrated rehab treatment, mental health care, family support, intervention resources, insurance coverage assistance and more. All of our calls are completely confidential. Please call now, and find out how we can help.