Self-Harming Treatment in San Diego

Everyone faces challenges in their life. You may experience external and internal life stressors that you have to cope with. There are both positive and negative ways to cope with stress that either increase or decrease your well-being. As Medline Plus notes, self-harm is a collection of learned behaviors used to cope with distress in unhealthy ways. Therefore, when your distress overwhelms your daily life, seeking support with self-harming treatment can help you learn how to manage distressing thoughts and feelings.

At Sober Life, we know how difficult it can be to find flexible support that fits your life. The hustle and bustle of the world keeps going even when you are overwhelmed. You may not be in a position to put your work, school, and or family obligations on hold. However, unaddressed self-harming behaviors can impede your home, work, and/or school life. Thus, you deserve access to treatment that meets you where you are on your recovery journey. We are committed to providing flexible and affordable self-harming treatment to help you live your best life.

Addressing the Challenges of Self-Harming Behaviors

Unaddressed self-harming behaviors can make your daily life more challenging. While everyone has their own specific distressing experiences and ways of self-harming, there are some common challenges that contribute to difficulties in coping with strong thoughts and emotions. Moreover, the challenges of self-harming can impair your ability to be present in your life and relationships, which increases your distress and dissatisfaction with life. Some of the common challenges you may experience with self-harming behaviors include:

  • Minor and or severe physical injuries
    • Scarring
    • Infections
    • Life-threatening injuries
  • Feeling lonely, worthless, helpless, and or hopeless
  • Difficulties with anger
  • Feelings of shame and guilt
  • Difficulty managing emotions and behaviors
  • Avoidance of activities and people
  • Strained relationships
  • Loss of productivity at work and or school
  • Emotional numbing
  • Traumatic experiences and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Co-occurring disorders
    • Mental health disorders
    • Substance use disorder (SUD)

Feeling like you are not in control of your thoughts and behaviors is understandably frustrating and scary. It can be particularly distressing when your thoughts and behaviors prevent you from doing things you love. Thus, self-harming behaviors often increase your risk for health issues and other co-occurring disorders like SUD. Despite the challenges of self-harming behaviors, we know recovery is possible when you have access to personalized self-harming treatment.

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Finding Self-Harming Treatment at Sober Life

The goal of self-harming treatment is not to eliminate or suppress negative emotions. Experiencing negative emotions, much like positive emotions, is a part of life. We believe self-harming treatment should give you the tools you need to build healthy coping skills for your long-term healing. Through our holistic approach to self-harming treatment, we focus on providing treatment that addresses how every part of your life informs your well-being. At Sober Life, we utilize holistic care because we believe in the importance of treating the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. With our HealthyU program, you can work in partnership with masters-level clinicians to build an individualized treatment plan that supports your specific needs.

Discovering Your Path to Healing

When you have access to holistic care, you can build the necessary tools you need to heal as a whole person. Therefore, finding support with self-harming treatment designed to address your specific experiences and needs can be vital to fostering the best path for long-term recovery for you. At Sober Life, we offer holistic approaches to mental health and substance use because there is no one right path to healing. Your challenges with self-harm are unique to you. Thus, you deserve self-harming treatment that gives you the space and support you need to find the right path for you.

Whether you have challenges with co-occurring mental health disorders and SUD or not, you deserve access to individualized self-harming treatment that acknowledges your specific experiences. Through our mental health and addiction recovery approaches, you can engage in resiliency-focused treatment to build adaptive coping skills to overcome obstacles for a healthier you.

Mental Health Recovery Approach

As the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes, while self-harm is not a mental health disorder, it commonly co-occurs with mental health disorders. Listed below are some of the disorders self-harm is often comorbid with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Your increased risk of mental health disorders and physical health issues can add another level of difficulty to dealing with self-harming behaviors. Therefore, our HealthyU program is designed to provide flexible and personalized self-harming treatment to address the roots of your challenges. When you understand the roots of your distressing thoughts and behaviors, you can start learning how to dismantle and manage those difficult feelings.

Listed below are some of the mental health treatment options we offer through our HealthyU program:

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Hybrid IOP
    • Virtual group IOP
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Veteran IOP
  • Holistic care activities
    • Yoga

At Sober Life, we are committed to providing service-oriented care to work with you to build a self-harming treatment plan to help you reach your goals to lead a fulfilling life.

Addiction Recovery Approach

Difficulties managing distressing thoughts and feelings are a common cause for unhealthy coping strategies like self-harm and self-medicating with substances. As a result, SUD, mental health disorders, and self-harm often co-occur with each other. Therefore, offering paths to healing in mental health and addiction makes space for flexible self-harming treatment that addresses the roots of your specific challenges. Some of the customizable services we offer for self-harming treatment include:

  • Outpatient detoxification
  • PHP
  • IOP
  • Virtual IOP (VIOP)
  • Adolescent IOP
  • Veteran IOP
  • Aftercare program

With a comprehensive and holistic approach to healing, you can find the support you need for long-term recovery.

Benefits of Self-Harming Treatment in a Healing Space

We know you will always face stressors throughout your life. However, despite all the challenges life throws you, distress should not be a barrier to living a meaningful and fulfilling life. At Sober Life, we have fostered a healing space where you can find connection and community to thrive in the real world. The casual vibe we have built here in Downtown San Diego is fostered by our commitment to compassion, independence, and community.

You deserve access to treatment and support that does not force you to leave your community or pause your life. Thus, we are proud to be part of Little Italy, one of the oldest continuous neighborhood districts in downtown San Diego. In a vibrant community-driven environment, we have put our belief that recovery is for everyone into every part of the work we do.

Through the lived experiences of our clinicians, staff, and recovery peers, you can find the support you need to uncover your path to healing. While self-harming behaviors and co-occurring disorders can leave you feeling alone and hopeless, at Sober Life, we are here to show you that you are not alone. We are more than a rehab; we are a liferehab where you can grow into a healthier you in real time.

Addressing the Importance of Self-Harming Treatment

It can be difficult to reach out for support with self-harming behaviors due to stigma. The myths and misconceptions that stem from stigma can lead you to believe you are not worthy or capable of healing. Myths like individuals only self-harm for attention is a common and harmful myth that perpetuates shaming and victim-blaming. While self-harming behaviors can be the only way that someone knows how to ask for help, it is a much deeper and more complex issue than just attention-seeking behavior.

Self-harming behaviors are an effort to try to regulate or alleviate difficult thoughts and feelings. The harm you do to yourself is a reflection of an unhealthy coping tool. Thus, your psychological and physical distress is a real issue and you deserve support to address it. Rather than shame, you deserve understanding and the opportunity to build healthy coping tools to live your best life. Without effective self-harming treatment, there can be devastating consequences:

  • Decreased performance at work and/or school
    • Loss of opportunities for upward mobility
  • Strain on relationships
    • Loss of support network
  • Increased risk for early death
    • Unintentional severe injuries
    • Chronic health conditions
    • Suicide
    • SUD

The consequences of unaddressed self-harming behaviors impair the quality of your life. Your distress can make you feel alone and make reaching out for support feel scary. However, with self-harming treatment and support, you can build adaptive coping skills to learn how to manage unhealthy thinking and behavior patterns.

To take that first step and find self-harming treatment today, visit our Get Help page.

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