Counseling for Cutting and Substance Abuse

Counseling for Cutting and Substance AbuseCutting and self-injury are frightening conditions. If you or a person you love has been cutting, you may be feeling a range of emotions from fear to anger or even depression. When a person cuts him or herself, it is a complicated issue. There may be a variety of reasons behind this behavior, and each person who self-injures has a different reason and a unique personality and history that may explain what is happening.

Why Do People Cut Themselves?

People harm themselves for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons a person might self-injure include the following:

  • Trying to block out past trauma such as abuse or painful memories
  • Trying to numb feelings that feel too overwhelming to handle
  • A reaction to posttraumatic stress disorder
  • A reaction to a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia
  • A reaction to a drug or substance that may lead to atypical behavior

Self-harm does not mean that you are incurable, and it is not just a cry for attention. Self-harm and cutting are serious conditions and require help in order to be treated effectively.

What Does Cutting Have to Do with Substance Abuse?

When a person injures him or herself, it is often an attempt to dissociate from painful feelings. Another way that people try to accomplish this is by drinking alcohol or using drugs. Sometimes people who cut themselves take an addictive substance in order to harm themselves more seriously, or they accidentally seriously injure themselves after taking a mind-altering substance. In many cases, cutting and substance abuse work together to produce devastating results.

The following is an example of how cutting and substance abuse work together. If a woman has experienced a traumatic incident, she may cut herself in order to numb her feelings of distress. She may drink alcohol while she does this, because she wants to stop feeling so many painful emotions. Later on she may feel guilty about having so much to drink which leads to more painful feelings, more self-harm and more drinking. She may soon have problems with trauma, cutting and alcoholism.

Help for Cutting, Self-Injury and Addiction

There is help available. Find out how we can help you put an end to the devastating cycle of self-harm and substance abuse for good. You can live the life you always hoped for. Let us help you get in touch with the resources you need. We can help you work with your insurance company, arrange family assistance or interventions, plan travel to and from treatment and more. Most of all, we can help you determine the help you need and find the treatment plan you desire. All of our calls are completely confidential and toll-free. We are available 24 hours a day, so there is no wrong time to call.