Engaging in self-harm, which is also referred to as self-injury or self-mutilation, is a dangerous behavior that some individuals use in an attempt to find relief from distressing emotions that they are experiencing. While extremely troublesome, self-harming behaviors serve very specific purposes for those who engage in them. For some individuals, the act of self-harm can serve to slow down racing thoughts. For others, it can provide them with a physical source for their emotional pain, as opposed to trying to gain control over emotional distress that they cannot see. An individual may purposely inflict harm onto him or herself for many reasons. Regardless of these reasons, it is imperative that professional treatment at a hospital or center specializing in self-harm is sought so that the individual can learn appropriate coping skills and put an end to the destructive behavior.
At Options Behavioral Health, we have helped many people learn to overcome their compulsion to self-harm by offering state-of-the-art treatment that is provided by an experienced team of professionals. Options Behavioral Health is an 84-bed, free-standing psychiatric hospital devoted to providing a full continuum of care for adolescents, ages 12 to 18, adults, and older adults who are battling the symptoms of any number of mental health concerns, including the compulsion to engage in self-injury. At our hospital, individuals can learn the tools they need to successfully achieve a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Options Behavioral Health
At Options Behavioral Health, we offer various levels of programming at our center that are tailored to meet our patients’ specific needs. Our center’s 24-hour physician and nursing staffs are dedicated to not only getting to the cause of the presenting behavioral issues, but also to working with each patient and his or her family to educate them on the necessary steps they should take to prevent or cope with future issues.
The staff at Options Behavioral Health is committed to providing stabilization services to individuals at our hospital who are in need of acute care to treat symptoms of self-harm that have become exacerbated to the point that they are unable to continue functioning appropriately on a daily basis. When patients come to Options to receive treatment for self-harming behaviors, they can rest assured that all measures will be taken to alleviate the distress that they are experiencing while at our hospital so that they can move on to receive continuing care in a less restrictive environment.
In order to ensure that all of our center’s patients are provided with comprehensive care during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health, the following interventions may be implemented into each patient’s individualized treatment plan:
Medication management: The implementation of any medication will be determined on a case-by-case basis at our hospital depending upon each individual’s specific needs. Patients who participate in programming at Options Behavioral Health will meet individually with the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner five days each week while enrolled at our hospital for medication management services.
Individualized therapy: Individualized therapy can be very useful for people who are struggling with self-mutilation as it affords them an opportunity to discuss the ways in which depression has affected their lives in an intimate setting. Our center’s patients are able to discuss possible causes for their self-harm, process through challenges that may arise while they are in treatment, and celebrate successes that they achieve.
Group therapy: Group therapy is one of the main types of programming used in the treatment of self-harm at Options Behavioral Health. Each day at our hospital, there are a number of different groups held, including one process group, two activity groups, and between two and four psychoeducation groups. The topics that are discussed and the activities that are held during these group sessions at our hospital can vary among the different age-specific programs, but may include the following:
- Identifying Patterns
- Power and Control
- Coping Skills
- Trust and Respect
- Creating Change
- Anger Management
- Problem Formation / Solution
- Healthy Relationships
- Current Events
- Goals Groups
- Arts and Crafts
- Reminiscent Therapy
- Brain Games
- Discharge Planning
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are designed to help our center’s patients and their family members explore the ways in which the presence of self-harming behaviors has affected the family dynamic as a whole. It can also serve as a time to teach family members about self-injury, recovery, and ongoing care, as well as to guide them in learning ways that they can best support their loved ones. Our center’s patients will be afforded the opportunity to have at least one family therapy session during their time spent at Options Behavioral Health.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy opportunities are offered twice each day at our hospital and are incorporated into the activity therapy groups that patients participate in. The different types of experiential therapies that patients may engage in include:
- Recreation Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapy
Recognizing that ongoing care is often essential in facilitating lasting healing from the compulsion to self-harm, the staff at Options Behavioral Health works diligently with patients to develop thorough discharge plans and arrange for aftercare supports. Our hospital’s therapists in each program facilitate discharge and aftercare planning by assisting patients in scheduling follow-up outpatient therapy sessions within seven days of their discharge. When necessary, psychiatric appointments are also scheduled at the time of discharge. Therapists at our center work with patients to assess what other types of resources and referrals may be beneficial in their specific situations and will help make those arrangements as well.