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.

Sufferers often make an effort to hide their cutting compulsion and any resulting scars. However, unexplained abrasions and scratches, particularly when they appear regularly, can be the first signs to be aware of. Concerned friends and family members should educate themselves about this condition and the treatment options available.


Self-harm treatment is not an overnight process. Addicts require a lot of support and care to solve their problem. A holistic programme that includes professional counselling in conjunction with a Twelve Step Recovery approach has proven to be beneficial.


Oasis Counselling Centre is a well-recognised addiction treatment centre that helps those struggling with dependencies of all types. We offer a Tweleve Step programme facilitated by dedicated and experienced staff members.