Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors In Chicago

Self-destructive behavioral issues have become increasingly more common in our society in recent years. Our lives have never been faster-paced and more and more people are finding themselves leaning on unhealthy and ultimately, ineffective coping mechanisms just to get through the day. A compulsive behavioral issue is not the end of the line. With the right support, you or your loved one can find relief from a self-destructive behavioral disorder. Let’s discuss how our therapists at Wellington Counseling Group and our vast network of outside specialists can support you and your loved ones through self-destructive behavioral issues in Chicago.

Understanding Self-Destructive Behaviors

Put simply, self-destructive behaviors drive an individual to feel compelled to act compulsively to achieve any mood-altering purpose. Many people operate under a mistaken prejudice that self-destructive behaviors are exclusive to illicit substances, but that’s simply not the case. Self-destructive behaviors can take many forms and can have a variety of influencing factors.

It’s important to note that self-destructive behaviors and compulsive behaviors are not one in the same. While both behavioral patterns can have an adverse effect on an individual’s health and well-being and both patterns are often sub-conscious behaviors, compulsive behaviors are not always negative for your being. This is an essential distinction when it comes to treating self-destructive behaviors in Chicago.

Therapy For Self-Destructive Behaviors In Chicago

Treating self-destructive behaviors with the help of a professional can be highly effective in helping a patient regain control over their behaviors. Working with a trained therapist at WCG or a specialist in our referral network can help a patient better understand what brought them to this point, develop alternative coping methods, and excel in the recovery process.

What Therapy For Self-Destructive Behaviors Looks Like At WCG

There are a number of different reasons why a patient might seek counseling or professional help for a self-destructive behavioral problem. Symptoms range far and wide, but most commonly we see people recognize the need for help when:

  • They feel like they are losing control over their habits
  • They are feeling uncontrollable urges to follow their impulses
  • They’ve tried to stop following those behaviors and can’t
  • Their self-destructive tendencies are affecting relationships, school, work, or other obligations
  • Their behaviors are becoming riskier or more abnormal

Any one of these effects of a self-destructive disorder can have a dramatic impact on one’s everyday life.

When a patient comes to Wellington Counseling Group to treat a self-destructive disorder, the very first thing we’re going to do is get to know who you are as a person, what’s troubling you, and how counseling might be able to help you gain control over your compulsive issues. Upon completing an initial assessment, our highly-trained specialists will dig deeper to help you recognize underlying issues that may have led to your self-destructive behaviors in the first place and triggers that compel you to follow through on those behaviors currently. We may also offer an alternative place of treatment for you if a higher level of care is indicated or if a setting more specific to your condition is more appropriate.

All of this information will inform the next steps of treating a self-destructive behavioral issue. First, we’ll want to identify healthier coping techniques that are realistic for you. Your therapist will also help you implement these techniques in your everyday life. It’s a process, but with the right support system, you can recover from compulsive behavioral issues. This support can come from your therapist at Wellington Counseling Group, but it will also come from your family and friends.

Part of what helps us treat self-destructive behavioral issues successfully is identifying the resources in the patient’s life who can serve a key role in recovery and facilitate constructive conversations to ensure you have the support you need. This all plays into the development of a long-term plan for self-improvement and recovery.

Wellington Counseling Group For Self-Destructive Behavioral Treatment In Chicago

Self-destructive behaviors can have a devastating impact on anyone’s life and on the life of a family or organization. It’s important to recognize the symptoms and address them when a patient is receptive to treatment and has the resources in place to support them through the recovery process. At Wellington Counseling Group, we provide the essential, non-judgemental support and empathy a patient needs to take back control of their lives and find relief from a self-destructive behavioral issue.

If you or a loved one is struggling with issues of a self-destructive nature, contact our specialists at WCG today to schedule a consultation.