When an individual purposely inflicts some form of pain or injury onto him or herself, it is known as self-harm. Also referred to as self-mutilation or self-injury, such behaviors can include burning, biting, cutting, picking, scratching, or hitting oneself. Some individuals engaging in self-harm may also purposely break their own bones or drink harmful substances, like bleach and detergent. Commonly misperceived as attempts at suicide, the partaking in self-harming behaviors is typically done as a means of finding relief from inner emotional turmoil that an individual does not know how else to manage. Although in the majority of cases people who self-harm are not actually trying to end their own lives, the behaviors must be addressed as the result of continuation in such actions can be detrimental.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care center designed to treat the psychological and chemical dependency needs of adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our treatment center is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills has been a leader in behavioral healthcare since 1988, meaning that we have years of experience working with all types of patients who have faced a variety of different challenges. Whatever your needs may be, let the compassionate staff at Rolling Hills Hospital help you get your life back.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Due to the fact that the act of self-harming is typically done in private, it can be difficult to know when a family member or loved one is engaging in such behaviors. However, there are some warning signs that may be present that can indicate that someone is purposely harming him or herself. Examples of such warning signs can include:
- Presence of unexplained cuts, bruises, scrapes, scratches, or burn marks
- Wearing clothes that are inappropriate to the weather in an attempt to hide injuries or scars (such as wearing long-sleeved shirts or long pants even when it is warm outside)
- Occurrence of frequent “accidents”
- No longer showing interest in things one once enjoyed
- Isolating oneself from family and friends
- Drop in academic or occupational performance
- Low self-esteem
- Making repeated, self-defeating statements
If you have noticed the presence of any of these warning signs in your loved one, it is imperative that you step in and help him or her get the help he or she needs. In many cases, these behaviors can become addictive and those partaking in them can find it especially difficult to stop without professional intervention. Be prepared for your loved one to initially deny that he or she is engaging in such behaviors, but remain calm and nonjudgmental and provide him or her with specific examples of things that are causing you concern. Do not lecture your loved one, but instead remain unconditionally supportive. Research treatment options and work with your loved one in finding an option that will best meet his or her specific needs. Recognize that, even once treatment has started, the road to full recovery can be a long one. Do not give up on your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
Once someone has begun using self-harm as a way to cope with negative emotions, it can be extremely difficult for him or her to stop. The relief that engaging in these behaviors provides individuals with far exceeds the negative ramifications that they rationally know the behaviors can cause. However, the relief that self-injury provides is only temporary and, in order for people to find a true sense of healing, the underlying causes for why they began to self-harm in the first place must be addressed.
Inpatient treatment programs can be one of the best ways for people who engage in chronic self-harm to receive the comprehensive, thorough, and lasting treatment that they need. By entering into this type of program, these individuals are first and foremost entering into a safe and secure environment where they are monitored 24/7, protecting them from having access to any tools that they could potentially use to inflict harm onto themselves. The vast array of therapeutic interventions that are implemented throughout the course of an inpatient treatment program will also help individuals uncover the underlying reason for why they feel the need to engage in such detrimental behaviors. By exploring their inner emotional turmoil, while also developing the skills needed to healthily cope with negative emotions, inpatient treatment programs can help individuals overcome their desire to self-injure and regain control of their lives.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for our own family members. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue and increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also include psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills Hospital, we maintain a treatment team of professionals who are dedicated to providing high quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our programs use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various programs also offer additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. Your specific needs will determine which program you will be placed in. The following are some therapeutic treatment methods that may be part of your treatment plan:
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patients sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. In some cases, people who are engaging in self-harming behaviors may find relief from distressing symptoms through the use of medications such as antidepressants or antianxiety agents. However, medication needs will determined on an individualized basis and proper monitoring will be done in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, including a minimum of two hours each week for adolescent patients and at least one hour each week for all other units. During individual therapy, patients can learn to change maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors, while also working towards meeting personal treatment goals.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups that are held on a weekly basis. The topics covered in these group sessions will vary some depending upon the unit that a person is in, but some of the topics may include coping skills, life skills, anger management, and managing mental illness.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each patient. On our adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in-person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, the parents or caregivers of our adolescent patients are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and are able to call and check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to the previously mentioned therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital also provides a number of other services that you may participate in during your stay with us. These additional services may include:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapies (including art, music, pet therapy, and tai chi)
- Emotions anonymous
- Daily school
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital, discharge planning begins at the time of admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her time with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the centers where patients have come from, and with the patients themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. Whatever your needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at Rolling Hills Hospital can help.