When an individual intentionally inflicts physical injury onto him or herself, it is known as self-harm. There are many different ways in which a person can purposely injure him or herself, including cutting, burning, picking at skin, breaking bones, or drinking harmful substances, among countless others. Regardless of the actual method of self-injury, however, the presence of this compulsion can cause monumental upheaval in the lives of those battling it. Additionally, the longer that self-mutilation persists, the more vulnerable individuals become to causing irreversible damage to their bodies. For these reasons and more, it is imperative that comprehensive care be sought in order to help individuals put an end to this dangerous behavior.
At Crestwyn Behavioral Health, we recognize the devastation that can ensue as the result of self-harming behaviors. We also understand that the compulsion to engage in this type of behavior can quickly become addictive and that individuals can feel powerless to put an end to it. Fortunately, however, this is not a behavior that has to continue to negatively impact an individual’s life. By engaging in the specialized care that we offer here at Crestwyn, individuals can succeed in overcoming their compulsion to self-injure and resume living healthy and happy lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that someone close to you is intentionally inflicting physical harm onto him or herself can be a devastating discovery. It can be difficult to understand why anyone would want to feel pain, which can hinder your ability to feel sympathy for your loved one’s situation. As a result, you may find that you become frustrated with your loved one and struggle to come to terms with the fact that he or she cannot simply put an end to the behavior. Fortunately, however, there are some things that you can do to be of assistance to your loved one:
- Learn about self-harm. While it may seem straightforward, there are actually many myths that surround self-mutilating behaviors. For example, harming oneself is not always a cry for help, and it does not typically mean that a person wants to end his or her life. There are many reasons why a person may come to find solace in these types of behaviors, and it is important to understand these possibilities.
- Research different types of therapeutic interventions that have proven to be effective in helping individuals put an end to their compulsion to engage in self-injury. Searching the internet, reading books on the subject, or contacting treatment professionals can all be excellent sources of information.
- Seek out treatment centers that are close in proximity to where your loved one resides.
- Confront your loved one with your concerns. It is important to do so in a calm, caring, and compassionate manner because of the extremely sensitive nature that surrounds an individual’s participation in self-harming behaviors. Present him or her with the information you have found regarding potential treatment interventions, and offer to assist him or her in any way possible in order for him or her to become engaged in a treatment program.
- Once your loved one has entered treatment, make every effort to be a constant source of support, love, and encouragement as he or she navigates the road to recovery. Participate in family therapy sessions when offered and call frequently to check-in with your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
When an individual continues to engage in self-harm, he or she is vulnerable to experiencing devastating outcomes. The physical detriments that can result will vary based on the method by which an individual self-injures, but can include tissue and nerve damage, anemia, hemorrhaging, permanent scarring, organ damage, infected wounds, improper healing of broken bones, and permanent numbness or weakness in certain parts of the body. Furthermore, one’s self-esteem can continue to deteriorate the longer that these behaviors are present, resulting in social withdrawal and isolation, as well as potential suicidal ideation. Tragically, although those who self-injure do not typically wish to end their lives, there is an ever-present risk for unintentional death. Fortunately, however, by engaging in comprehensive treatment options, individuals can overcome this devastating compulsion.
Types of Treatment Offered at Crestwyn Behavioral Health
Conveniently located in the Memphis suburb of Germantown in Tennessee, Crestwyn Behavioral Health is a pioneering provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Designed specifically for men and women aged 18 and older and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, this hospital supplies exemplary acute care that incorporates the latest behavioral health practices. Given its serene environment that overlooks a tranquil cove engulfed in luscious landscaping, Crestwyn is where healing and recovery can truly be achieved.
In choosing Crestwyn as the place to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment, patients, both young and old, can benefit from state-of-the-art amenities that include idyllic courtyards and a large gymnasium for recreation. Additionally, the dedicated professionals who administer care treat patients with a high regard for their individual healing and recovery journeys. Board-certified psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, activity therapists, and nurses work closely with patients to offer support and to determine which interventions will garner the most favorable treatment outcomes. These same staff members possess specialized training, including training in Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), so that they are equipped to care for any and all concerns that patients may require treatment for.
Upon admission to this high quality hospital, those who are in need of care to overcome the compulsion to engage in self-harm will receive fully customized treatment plans that can include the following methods of care as part of their comprehensive treatment experience at Crestwyn:
Detoxification: If an individual comes to Crestwyn suffering from ongoing self-injurious behaviors and a chemical dependency problem, he or she will be able to receive top notch detoxification services at our hospital. These services allow patients to have the toxic substances that they are addicted to cleared from their systems so that they are able to focus on other aspects of their care. The expertly trained members of our medical staff supervise this type of treatment and are steadfast in their dedication to preserving the health and safety of those entrusted into our care.
Medication management: When individuals are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition such as self-harm, pharmaceutical intervention may be necessary in order to alleviate strife that cannot otherwise be alleviated when an individual’s coping skills are inadequate. When this is the case, and a patient comes to us for treatment, medication management services may be incorporated into the individual’s personalized treatment plan. Our exemplary psychiatrists are able to assess the need for psychotropic medication, can prescribe medication, and can meet with patients daily when necessary. Additionally, our compassionate team of nurse practitioners and nurses aid in the administration of any medications that are prescribed.
Individual therapy: So as to afford patients with the opportunity to openly process their feelings, experiences, and emotions in a safe, confidential environment, Crestwyn offers individual therapy sessions to those who choose to heal and recover at our hospital. During these sessions, which are held daily or on an as-needed basis, patients can discuss their progress with their assigned primary counselor as they learn to manage their desire to self-mutilate.
Group therapy: When suffering from an ongoing compulsion to purposely inflict harm onto oneself, a person often feels as though he or she is alone in his or her struggles. For this reason, we, at Crestwyn Behavioral Health, are pleased to provide group therapy opportunities at our hospital. Held daily and led by counselors, nurses, and mental health technicians, various community, psychoeducation, and 12-Step recovery groups are offered to all patients. These sessions allows patients to come together, share their experiences, provide and receive support, practice skills they are learning, and discuss the following topics in a setting that is safe and conducive to healing and recovery:
- Suicide prevention
- Recovery skills
- Treatment options
- Healthy relationships
- Anger management
- Medication support
Family therapy: Mental health conditions, including those associated with self-harm, have the ability to impact the lives of those closest to the individuals who are grappling with such concerns. Given this fact, treatment at Crestwyn features family therapy sessions for those who come for care. Depending on the patient’s individual needs and the patient’s loved ones’ ability to get to our hospital, these sessions can be part of a person’s healing experience at Crestwyn. We purposefully offer these sessions so that healing can begin within our patients’ primary support networks and so that the friends and family members of those we treat can learn how to best support the person they care about.
Every facet of care at Crestwyn Behavioral Health is customized to meet the needs of those who come for treatment. Additionally, and because we want to fully prepare our patients for returning to their respective communities, we plan for their discharge from the moment they begin receiving services. Our staff works closely with patients, and their families when necessary, to determine the continuing care options that will enable the men, women, and adolescents we treat to achieve optimal healing and recovery from self-injurious behaviors.
If you or an important person in your life is in need of exceptional treatment to overcome the pervasive need to self-harm, improve the quality of life, and prevent further need for hospitalization, look no further than Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Here, people of all ages are able to develop the confidence and skills needed to live healthier, more productive, and more satisfying lives that are no longer compromised by mental health and substance use concerns.
Call us today and let our caring intake team help you or your loved one determine if Crestwyn is where a brighter tomorrow can happen.