Many people turn to self-injury for relief from intense emotions. Harming yourself may work, at least for awhile, and that’s what gives it its addictive aspect, making it necessary to turn, in time, to more severe injury. Initially it may not be dangerous, but as time goes on, it can become more out of control and severe. It is much the same as a drinker finding himself needing to drink larger amounts and with greater frequency to get the same effect he had gotten initially. When you can develop other non-destructive ways of dealing with intense emotions, you will not feel the need to harm yourself. I have developed a treatment that can help to do this, an integration of psychodynamic and dialectical behavioral approaches.