Questions From Fuse – #3 – Cutting

We had an amazing night at Fuse last night answering great questions sent to us by our fuse students.  There were so many great questions that we just could not answer them all.  There were 4 questions that I saw specifically that we didn’t get to, but that I wanted to take a few minutes and offer some thoughts on:

Question #3 – What do I do if I’m struggling with cutting?

Cutting and self-injury of many kinds is something that many teens and young adults deal with and has become more talked over the last several years.  The statistics that I have seen say that around 4% of the population struggle with some type of self-injury.  Even though girls tend to be more open about their struggles with this, statistics show it has the same occurrence between males and females.

What do you need to do if this is something you are struggling with?  I think the first thing you need to do is to tell somebody.  The enemy of our soul wants you to think that you are the only one struggling with this or that no one struggles with this temptation more than you.  The truth is that this is something I have seen many people struggle with, and you need to know that you have a God that heals.  He wants to help you and be the peace and hope you are looking for.  He has healed many people that battle with this struggle and He can heal you too if you want to be free.   I also want you to know that you have a church that loves you, will not condemn you, and wants to listen to you and help you overcome this struggle.

Why do people participate in self-injury?

The following is some great information by an organization called To Write Love on Her Arms:

While not always the case, often untreated depression and other struggles lead to unhealthy ways in which we try and deal with the hurt and pain we are feeling. We try and find anything that we can do to take away the hurt, painful feelings, or negative thoughts we are experiencing. Often the things that we turn to seem to help at first, appearing to provide some of the relief that we need so badly. But, even though they may seem like they help, often they are unhealthy themselves, eventually becoming even greater struggles like addictions such as drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, or self-injury.

Self-injury, like many addictions, is often a coping mechanism to deal with some manner of internal pain, many who struggle with it also struggle with other issues such as eating disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. While self-injury may be someone’s way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings and is generally NOT a suicide attempt, relief is always temporary, and usually only perpetuates a destructive cycle that continues the struggle. This cycle often means that those who do not get help can become more depressed and shameful, adding to the pain and need for relief, thus perpetuating the cycle.

The Dangers of Self-Injury – While self-injury may not be about attempting suicide, the damage done while harming oneself ALWAYS carries the risks of inflicting serious, and even lethal, harm to oneself regardless of whether suicide is intended or not. Also the continued cycle of addiction and self-harm, as in substance abuse and other eating disorders can have a destructive effect on one’s health both physically and mentally, and struggles worsen as time continues without treatment.

Self-injury, like alcohol and drug abuse and eating disorders, is addictive, and thus not something that is easy to simply ‘stop’. However, while all addictions are very difficult to overcome, help and treatment are out there and available, and recovery and freedom are possible. We believe this is true whether someone’s struggles may be self injury, depression, drugs and alcohol, body image issues, sexual addiction, or other areas of brokenness.

Research shows that those who seek professional help and therapy have a very good chance of recovery, and finding relief from symptoms such as depression and anxiety as well as others.

If you or someone you know is struggling with self-injury.  There is help available.  You need to tell someone so that the fuse and care staff at NewSpring can talk with you and help you figure out your next steps to overcome this addiction. You are not alone.  We are here to help.  God wants you to walk in freedom and He will walk with you through every step of the process of being free from this.  Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

If you want more information on this subject, here is a great article called Cutting Pain

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