Habitual self-injury is usually not a suicide attempt, though it may seem that way. Rather, a cutting addiction is a symptom of some serious underlying problem that requires professional treatment.
Cutting becomes a way to escape intense emotions which an addict is unable to process or cope with in a healthy way. Treatment for this addiction usually involves counselling and a period of in-patient therapy may be recommended. Hurting oneself is so effective at diverting the focus from the cause of distress that the act itself becomes an addictive coping mechanism.
A person who engages in self-harm usually follows a specific ritual, for example, only cutting a certain part of their body and using a favourite tool to do so.