People who self-injure often use it as a method of coping with stress, overwhelming thoughts, feelings, and emotions such as rage, sadness, guilt, shame, and remorse. Some find that self-harm allows them to express emotions, provides a distraction from an unhappy life, or relieves emotional numbing or suffering. Self-injury, also referred to self-harm and self-mutilation does help alleviate emotional torment – but only for a short while. Then, the negative feelings and urge to self-harm returns. If you’re like other people who self-injure, you probably work hard to hide your scars – maybe you’re ashamed or don’t think other people will understand. Hiding your self-injury can be an unbearable load to carry – it makes you feel worthless, like you’re alone, different from the rest of the world. You know what you’re doing is dangerous, but you can’t stop.
You can heal from self-injury. The Refuge has helped many people just like you successfully beat their urges to self-injure and go on to lead happy, healthy, self-injury free lives. At The Refuge, our compassionate, non-judgmental staff understands that self-injury has been the way you coped; we know it’s scary to give up something that’s helped you survive for so long. We’re ready to put our experience to the test and help you heal, once and for all. You deserve to feel better and we’re ready to guide you down your pathway to recovery, learning to make your dreams into a reality.
Why Consider Residential Treatment at The Refuge?
If you engage in self-injury, you’re probably used to hiding your behavior from others, afraid of the ways that others may judge you. You may hurt yourself in a number of ways and feel as though other people simply cannot understand what you’re going through. If you’ve been engaging in self-injury for a long time, you may have had experiences in which you inadvertently hurt yourself more than you’d intended. You want to stop self-injuring but may not know how.
A residential treatment program for those struggling with self-injury is considered to be one of the best ways in which a person can learn the skills needed to learn more adaptive coping skills and learn ways to handle self-harming triggers. A residential treatment center is a welcoming community-based setting that allows you to leave your loneliness and isolation behind. The treatment staff believe in an individualized approach to treatment, making certain that each part of your treatment plan is based upon your continuing needs.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At the Refuge, we ensure you that you will maintain your dignity and will always treat you with the respect you deserve. The decision to undertake treatment for a behavior that has become part of your life takes a great deal of courage and we recognize and admire this strength within you. We fully appreciate that the commitment to undergo treatment for this type of problem is the most difficult step in this process and will ensure that whatever support or aid you require while you’re with us will be provided.
At our healing center you’ll be able to get away from the stresses and responsibilities that add to your burden and likely serve as triggers to your self-harm behavior, so you can focus exclusively on healing. We have developed our program with the goal of creating a community atmosphere for each person who comes to us— every aspect of your time with us becomes therapeutic in nature. You’ll find the benefit of being part of a caring community while you’re fighting your problem is that it provides an additional degree of power to use during your recovery. Our staff and your peers will contribute on a continuous basis to make sure you know you are not alone in your battle, just as you will be able to provide the same benefit to others who are struggling with similar problems to your own.
Treatment Options for Self-Harm at the Refuge
We conduct a comprehensive evaluation prior to determining what treatment options are most appropriate for your particular needs. Our multidisciplinary team consisting of psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, counselors, and psychiatrists, will meet with you, assess your self-harming symptoms or behaviors, and take the time to get to know you. Once your treatment team feels they have gathered all necessary information, they will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that will include strategies to assess your self-harm behavior along with any potential medical problems which may have developed. Treatment techniques to address any co-morbid disorders such as depression or anxiety will also be incorporated into your plan for recovery.
Treatment for your condition may include:
Individual therapy: We recognize that self-harm behavior causes feelings of shame and guilt and that you need one-on-one time to explore these issues alongside other co-occurring disorders you may not be ready to share in a group setting.
Group therapy: Group therapy is often one of the most effective modalities for healing. This type of treatment setting allows you to understand you are not alone in what you have experienced and provides you with the support and first-hand advice of peers who know what you are going through. At the Refuge, we have process groups that allow you to explore issues, as well as psycho-educational groups which provide you with information on topics related to your condition and new skill sets for coping with stress and negative emotions.
Intensive family therapy – Family Week: At the Refuge, we know that self-harm behaviors don’t just affect the individual, but can lead to issues for family members who may know about the behavior, but who don’t know how to help. During our Family Week, we focus on the experiences of family members, explain the nature of self-harm, your treatment program, strategies to help you prevent relapse, and plans for discharge. We also help each family member learn how to support one another as we know that this is critical not only for your own recovery, but for their continued functioning as well. We will provide family members with community-based resources and opportunities to continue their recovery, and provide a support network for your loved ones.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): We use strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in our treatment. CBT provides methods to alter maladaptive or irrational thoughts you have about yourself, your condition, other people, and your world. Learning to think in more adaptive, accurate ways will lead to positive changes in your feelings and behaviors.
Experiential therapy: At the Refuge, we know that each person needs different strategies to optimize their treatment outcomes. We provide experiential approaches to allow individuals to take part in a diverse selection of therapeutic opportunities. Some of the techniques awe use include:
- Art therapy
- Yoga creative expression
- Ropes courses
- Equine therapy
- Dramatic experiencing
- Sharing assignments
- Somatic experiencing
- Meditation/Mindfulness training
Continuity of Care – What Comes Next?
As you approach the time to leave us, you may feel nervous about the need to take over the responsibility of maintaining your recovery. Your treatment team will provide additional support and coping skills to help you feel ready for discharge. We will work with you and your family members to determine appropriate next steps in your recover.
Depending your current needs for treatment, you may choose a highly-structured outpatient program such as our partial hospitalization program (PHP), while other clients opt to continue their recovery through traditional outpatient services. Your treatment team will aid you in identifying a provider who specializes in self-harm and associated conditions and work with you to create a schedule that fits your needs.