Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital helps individuals struggling with self-harm build a strong foundation for long-term recovery. Serving the Chandler community, Oasis is the premier provider of mental health disorder treatment for adolescents and adults.
Learn more about self-harm treatment at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital in Chandler, AZ
Adults and adolescents who engage in self-harming behaviors often hurt themselves as a way to cope with the problems in their life. Self-harming behavior helps these individuals deal with and express deep distress and emotional pain. Right after engaging in this destructive behavior individuals may feel better, but this sense of relief is short lived as it is usually followed by feelings of guilt, shame, and self-hatred. This can make them want to hurt themselves again. The main problem with self-injury is that it is only a temporary cover up for a much greater underlying problem.
Our hospital for self-harm is an emotional, behavioral, and addiction treatment center that has helped many people age 11 and older learn the skills needed to overcome these damaging actions. For over 25 years, we’ve been helping adolescents and adults through our compassionate care, serene environment, and a continuum of care. Our hospital for self-harm offers three different programs: acute psychiatric hospitalization for adults and adolescents, a residential treatment center (RTC) for adolescents ages 11 through 17, and suicide prevention education.
Helping a loved one get treatment for self-harm
If you suspect that your loved one is hurting him or herself, you’re probably unsure of how to proceed. You don’t want to make the situation worse by bringing it up, but you know that your loved one needs help. Since physical injuries can easily be hidden under clothing, self-harm can be hard to detect, but there are usually some red flags that your can look for. Here are some symptoms that may indicate that your loved one may be self-harming:
- Unexplained wounds or scars
- Blood stains on clothing
- Frequent accidents
- Needing to be alone for long periods of time
- Isolated from friends and family
- Having sharp objects on hand
- Wearing clothing inappropriate for the weather
If you have noticed some of these warning signs in your loved one then you are going to want to make some time to talk to them and get them the help that they need. Here are some ways in which you can be helpful to your loved one:
- Cope with your own feelings: you need to accept your own feelings before you can begin to help your loved one
- Learn about self-harm: this will allow you to better understand why your loved one is engaging in this behavior
- Don’t judge: judging your loved one will only make things worse
- Offer support, not ultimatums
- Encourage open communication: encourage your loved one to talk freely about what they are feeling
- Encourage them to seek professional mental health treatment
Why consider treatment for self-harm at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital in Chandler, AZ
Most people who engage in self-harm want to keep their behaviors a secret because they are afraid of what others may think if they find out. Additionally, they may feel ashamed and fear that no one will understand why they would intentionally hurt themselves. After a while these individuals may begin to feel that their secret is becoming a huge burden. Soon the secrecy and the guilt begin to affect relationships with friends and loved ones as well as change how they feel about themselves. As an individual begins to feel trapped in a vicious cycle of self-harm, loneliness and feelings of worthlessness may set in.
Studies have shown that either an inpatient treatment program or a residential treatment center (RTC) designed for people who self-harm is one of the best, safest ways to treat cutting. These highly-structured programs allow clients to escape the stresses and triggers of everyday life and focus on the one thing that truly matters – getting better. Through these programs, those who self-injure learn more adaptive coping skills, find other ways of expressing emotions, and get the warm, caring treatment they deserve as they’re facing their challenges for the first time. Through around-the-clock care and a wonderfully caring staff, many adults and adolescents are able to make the first, most important steps in their recovery from self-injury.
Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital philosophy and benefits
Our hospital for self-harm in Chandler, AZ, offers acute psychiatric care and a residential treatment center (RTC) that serves the inpatient needs of adults and adolescents who come to us for help. We proudly offer a stable, safe, and secure environment for our clients to stabilize during times of acute crisis so they are able to move forward in their recovery. Our caring, compassionate treatment team strives to offer hope to clients suffering from self-injury, depression, emotional pain, or trauma. Hope is the recognition that the future can be different and provides fuel for recovery. The staff at our treatment center works closely with our clients to define his or her purpose outside of addiction and mental illness and develop aftercare plans that emphasize each client’s strengths, goals, and desired purpose. We aim to approach each client with optimism about the future and recovery, addressing each roadblock individually and using setbacks as opportunities for growth.
Types of self-harm treatment offered at Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital in Chandler, AZ
When an adult or adolescent first arrives at our treatment center, they will undergo a comprehensive evaluation, which will allow us to appropriately diagnose and create an individualized treatment plan that meets his or her unique needs. We proudly provide a number of care options for our clients, including an acute inpatient program for adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 and adults aged 18 and older who are in immediate crisis. We also offer a residential treatment center (RTC) for adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17 who are facing emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse problems. Our treatment approaches have been scientifically-validated and empirically-supported through our years as a leader in the mental health community and includes a combination of therapeutic techniques.
Treatment approaches for our acute inpatient program may include:
Medication: While there are no medications that specifically treat self-injury, if our client has been diagnosed with another mental health disorder, he or she may receive medication to manage the symptoms. All medication usage will be closely monitored for efficacy and safety by the treatment team.
Group therapy: As our inpatient program is primarily group therapy based, clients attend a number of groups each day. We’ve found that the support of people who are facing similar challenges to be one of the most effective ways to treat self-harming behaviors.
Family therapy can be an invaluable tool to help our clients reconnect with his or her loved ones, provide education about self-harm, relapse prevention, and ways they can help during his or her recovery. We also offer educational sessions for family members on Monday evenings.
Treatment approaches for our residential treatment program (RTC):
Medication: Some of our children and adolescent patients do require medication to manage co-occurring mental health disorders that can lead to self-injurious behaviors. If they do require medication, it will be carefully monitored by his or her treatment team to ensure that side effects are minimal and that the medication is successful in managing symptoms.
Daily school: During their stay with us, clients attend our school Monday through Friday for three hours per day. Our school is fully-accredited and provides clients with an individual education plan to make sure our adolescents can make up any missed credits and continue their education.
Individual therapy: Once a week, clients work with a therapist to discuss some of the reasons behind self-injury, triggers, and address any past or present traumas that may be leading to these self-destructive behaviors.
Group therapy: Our hospital for self-harm has found through our decades of experience that group therapy can be wonderfully helpful for teens to work through their problems and challenges with one another in a therapeutic fashion. Our RTC offers multiple groups each day about a variety of topics. Our groups include, process groups, goal-setting, coping skills, and substance abuse groups for teens in our substance abuse program.
Family therapy: At least once every two weeks, our adolescent clients have family therapy sessions. We’ll use these sessions to discuss the reasons behind self-harming behaviors, discuss the progress he or she has been making, and ways that loved ones can offer support during recovery. Family and loved ones are also encouraged to attend our educational sessions held each Monday evening.
As our hospital for self-harm is a holistic treatment center, we are proud to offer a number of experiential treatment options to treat the whole person. These may include:
- Outside time
- Talking circles
- Bible study
- Daily recreation.
Continuing care and levels of treatment for self-harm
Aftercare planning starts the moment an adolescent or adult is admitted to our hospital for self-harm in Chandler, AZ. As he or she undergoes our thorough evaluation process, his or her treatment team will determine appropriate continuing care options. As discharge approaches, we’ll work closely with each client, the treatment team, and loved ones to ensure that the discharge plan meets all continuing treatment needs. Our discharge team will provide referrals to a number of sources that offer additional psychiatric, psychological, addiction, and community support services.