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Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program For Self-Injurers

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Self-injury is one of our society's fastest-growing and most disturbing epidemics. Bodily Harm is the most authoritative examination of this alarming syndrome and the first to offer a comprehensive treatment regimen. Written by the directors of S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives, it clearly defines what cutting is and explains the kinds of emotional trauma tha ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 13th 1999 by Hachette Books (first published October 1998)
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Jon Cox
Nov 24, 2009 Jon Cox rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Dry read, and not well paced. The authors spend the first 200 or more pages trying to make a case for how difficult self-harm (cutting, etc.) is to treat and how great their treatment program is. On page 209, they finally get around to almost telling how they run their treatment program, but first they get more specific about why their program works while others' don't. This is where the major flaw in all the support they have been giving for their program, all the examples of people who have ov ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Anjuli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone suffering from self-injury
This book is awsome! It is by the people at S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends). I bought my first copy in 2007 when I decided that I finally needed help to stop SI-ing (Self-Injuring). I worked with a Christian Counselor while reading this book.

It is VERY important to do the logs they suggest in this book. I have several notebooks filled with them. By being aware of your emotions and what you're doing when the urge to SI happens, you can begin to change behaviors that cause the urge to SI.

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I coudn't tell who the authors intended to read this book.

There's some good information here, though if mental health practitioners were the target audience they probably already know the stats/success/relapse potential of self-harm. There is nothing new here for them.

In all, this book read like a big advertisement for the authors' system. The authors only worked with people who were willingly getting treatment, who are therefore likelier to succeed anyway. There was no good advice on how to he
Nov 15, 2014 Amanda added it
Saved my life
Jan 22, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it
I believe that this book did an outstanding job of describing self harm, common conditions and experiences of self injurers and used case studies from thier program to back them up.

The main focus of this book is that self harm is a coping mechanism. It can be used to cope with overwhelming feelings (thus gaining control or becoming numb), it can be used for people who can't stand feeling any emotions at all--but it is a choice that the self-injurer makes.

When looking at self harm in this way:
May 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: nextgen
I started off not liking this book. It was written in 1998 and you can tell. Terms such as "self-mutilation" that are considered offensive today are used throughout this book. There are also cases of EXTREME self-injury talked about.... I guess because the people that run the S.A.F.E. Alternatives treatment program come across the worst. But once I got through the first couple chapters I really warmed up to the book. There are lots of personal stories that really help you understand self-injury. ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Jo rated it really liked it
I learned a lot from the book. It gave me some great ideas and inspiration to work with patients/clients who want to self-harm. I plan on using a lot of the S.A.F.E. Toolbox assignemnts with my clients/patiens.
My only problem with the book was that it was written for professionals as well as people who are self-harming and need/want help. The writers were never consistent with who they were writing for. I think that they should have had a book for the people who are engaging in self-harm and a d
Modern Hermeneut
Aug 05, 2007 Modern Hermeneut rated it it was amazing
The only problem with this book is that it treats self-injury as a mental disorder instead of an expression of existential fortitude. But it has some amazing case studies and quotes. Yes, there are a fair number of the "communicative" (i.e., cry for help) self-injurers, and a few "revenge" (i.e., "I'll show THEM!) cutters. But the really choice anecdotes are about people with no idea why they do it and no desire to let anyone else know. I'm not convinced that these people lack something that the ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it
The authors worked at a hospital in the Chicago suburbs and so I had heard about this program years ago. Although it was written in 1998, I found it very helpful and informative. The cases summarized in the book pieced together causes and conditions that helped me understand this addiction much better.
Aug 17, 2012 Myra rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first books I ever read dealing with self harm. I saw alot of myself in the pages of the book, and keep it on hand for referance. I also have worksheets from the progr,am that I often use. I personally recomend this book to others. I will however say that some parts can be very triggering. Also if needed you have a toll free number availabe for use. 1-800-DONT CUT
Jan 16, 2013 Cait rated it it was amazing
This book gave me the tools I needed to stop harming myself for two years. I haven't really referred back to it much, but when I was in therapy, my therapist and I read it together and used it to help me cope and heal. It's a wonderful resource.

Jul 28, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Gives great psychological insight into those who cut themselves/self harm.
Leanne  Curtis
Aug 26, 2008 Leanne Curtis rated it liked it
Shelves: psychology
If you know anyone dealing with self-injury issues, recommend this book, or read it yourself, it will help you understand the person better.
May 04, 2013 Annie rated it it was amazing
I love how it explains everything for anyone who loves the self injurer to understand what they are going through. And it gives you tools on how to stop
Jennifer Sievers
Nov 28, 2013 Jennifer Sievers rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
It was a book that explored the concept of self harm. It provides information and a new type of treatment called S.A.F.E. If you are interested in learning more about self injury you should read it.
Jul 23, 2016 Trisha rated it it was ok
If the reader currently engages in self harm or has in the past, this book (as is many of the books that address this topic) could potentially serve as a trigger.

The book is presented under the guise as a way to help people struggling, but it feels more like the author is just trying to sell S.A.F.E. treatment program & get people to go and be admitted there for treatment. It felt like a very long pamphlet. If you or a loved one are considering the program, save yourself time & money an
Megan Bergfeld
Jun 29, 2013 Megan Bergfeld rated it liked it
This book is a pretty dry read. It contains a lot of useful information, but is very repetitive. Some of the chapters come across as filler. It's redeeming quality is the second section of the book where the writers dive into the tools used in the SAFE Alternatives program. This was very helpful to me as a therapist. I would recommend this book to people interested in learning more about self-injury or who work with clients who self-injure. I would suggest, however, that you read through the tab ...more
May 03, 2013 Keri rated it liked it
An easy read. What bothered me the most is I can't tell if the book is intended to help self-injurers and those who work with them professionally (really it is for both). The text is never consistent with who it is directed at. Even within the same paragraph one sentence is directed at the delf injurer and the next at the professional. Good information though.
Jan 21, 2013 Larissa rated it did not like it
Eh not too impressed
Sphinx Feathers
Jul 28, 2012 Sphinx Feathers rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Lots of interesting information and good suggestions.
Gina Barnett
Why the self-harmer needs to hurt
Angela Wade
Oct 26, 2010 Angela Wade rated it really liked it
Jul 29, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it
Very useful book
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