Self Injury Awareness Day, celebrated yearly on March 1st, seeks to increase understanding and empathy while erasing fear and judgment. At the same time, the event seeks to help people feel less alone while encouraging them to speak out. Since there is a lot of misunderstanding about self-harming, another purpose is to educate and raise awareness of medical professionals.
Self-harming is also sometimes a condition experienced by people who struggle with addiction. Because addiction often comes with underlying mental health conditions, addiction treatment should include a focus on both conditions. Self-harming and substance use disorder are negative tools people use to deal with stressors that make them feel powerless and alone.
Going Beyond Self Injury Awareness Day
Celebrated since 2002, Self Injury Awareness Day is the first step in changing the way people think about self-harming. It is also the beginning of providing support all year round. Raising awareness is as simple as talking about the condition so that others realize it is something that is happening. However, the importance of the day is what happens next, throughout the year.
Creating an understanding of the emotions and situations related to self-harming and decreasing judgment is the true measure of success. This can then make it easier for family and loved ones to offer support. Self-harming, which is often linked with depression, can become a mechanism for control and relieve tension.
Self-Injury and Addiction
While self-harming can be addictive by itself, the problem becomes more complicated when you also develop a substance abuse addiction. Both behaviors have a similar goal of escaping overwhelming feelings and tension created by stressors encountered in real life. The behaviors then become a cycle that is difficult to break while also complicating the consequences for each.
Since substance can impact your reactions to pain, a person who is using substances might accidentally harm themselves seriously or fatally. If you struggle with both self-harming and drug addiction, Dual Diagnosis Treatment addresses both conditions at the same time. Successful addiction treatment must address both conditions to help you overcome addiction and prevent relapse.
Holistic Treatment to Heal Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
A comprehensive addiction treatment such as Gateway Foundation Smyrna’s men’s residential treatment includes a variety of evidence-based services. Because we focus on holistic addiction medicine to treat your body, mind, and spirit, our therapists seek to heal the whole person. This includes treating addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. This type of treatment is in line with the goals of Self Injury Awareness Day, helping you succeed. Our services include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma Therapy
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
If you are self-harming and struggling with addiction, let Self Injury Awareness Day be the day you face your condition and seek treatment. Become a healthier, sober person by calling us at [DirectNumber].