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Center for Self-Injury Recovery Services

Sometimes emotional hurt is so deep that we turn to various forms of self-injury or destructive behaviors as a way to cope. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you physically hurt yourself or put yourself in harmful situations as a way to manage or avoid your feelings or punish yourself?
  • Do you deliberately engage in self-harming behaviors such as cutting or burning?
  • Do you hide your scars or purposely injure in places people won't see?
  • Do you display your scars to "prove" something to yourself or others?
  • Do you find yourself thinking about suicide as a way to escape your pain or self-harm as a means of coping with your unhappiness?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, self-injury and destructive behavior may be a problem for you. Self-injury can be defined as any one of the many behaviors aimed at intentionally harming yourself for the purpose of coping with unmanageable thoughts or feelings. This can include cutting, burning, carving, self-poisoning, piercing, tattooing, picking, scraping, or breaking bones.

Self-Injury Recovery Services at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital offers professional assistance in understanding the problems that lead to self-injury and breaking the cycle of hurting yourself.


In The News!

Dr. Denise M. Styer, Clinical Director of SIRS, and Dr. Delia Aldridge, Service Director of SIRS, recently published an article in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health online journal:
>> Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Adolescents

Self-Injury staff recently published a chapter in the 2014 book, Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders:
>> "Eating Disorders and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: From Primary Care to Inpatient Hospitalization"

  Delia Aldridge,    

  Service Director                                                                            

Why Choose Us

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital has received disease-specific certification in self-injury recovery services from the Joint Commission. We are the first psychiatric hospital in the nation to have four disease-specific certifications including recognition of our services in the treatment of eating disorders, chemical dependency, and depression.

Our program focuses on helping you identify and manage unhealthy or self-defeating behaviors. We then equip you to replace negative and destructive behaviors with healthier coping strategies. The goal is to empower you to handle your life circumstances without resorting to self-injury. We conduct a no-cost care screening to determine which program is appropriate for you. We can then adjust your care as needed.

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Free Confidential Assessment & Referrals

A Clinical Intake Advisor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are committed to prompt attention.

Please call us at 1-800-432-5005. 

Alexian Brothers
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800 Biesterfield Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
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Hoffman Estates, IL
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Hoffman Estates, IL
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