“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Self-Mutilation, also known as self-harm, is when individuals are suffering and addicted to hurting themselves. Self-mutilation usually refers to the act of cutting and burning oneself, and as an addiction it is widely misunderstood. When a person is a self-harmer, they engage in obsessive and compulsive behaviors involving inflicting physical damage to their bodies in an effort to avoid feelings with which they are unable to cope or do not know how to process. Self harm addiction is based on an addiction like any other obsessive and compulsive behavior. In fact, many people who end one compulsive behavior find themselves engaging in other types of self destructive and addictive behavior to deal with the feelings that surface.


Northbound Treatment Services
Phone:  1-866-311-0003
Address: 434 Von Karmen Avenue, Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Allison Kress, PsyD.
Phone: 949-235-6636