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Hyperion Books (October 1998) Bodily Harm
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Description: Hardcover: 317 pages Publisher: Hyperion Books (October 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 0786864648 ISBN-13: 978-0786864645 by Karen Conterio and Wendy Lader
From Publishers Weekly Operating a clinic in the Chicago area since 1985, Conterio and Lader have developed a program for people who cut, burn and otherwise mutilate themselves. This behavior, in their view, is neither a disease nor an addiction, but rather "a matter of choice... a mechanism to cope with stress, relieve inexpressible feelings, and gain attention." The authors take this view not to blame the afflicted, but to emphasize that, in their "S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives" program, patients can and do "learn to make a different choice." This tack differs somewhat from those of some other recent books on the subjectAfor example, Steven Levenkron's Cutting (Forecasts, April 20)Ain rejecting the disease model that establishes self-injury as a disorder akin to obsessive-compulsive disorder or alcoholism. The line Conterio and Lader draw is a fine one, though, as they refer to self-injury as a "compulsion," and as the questions they pose to identify a self-injurer includes such phrases as "compulsively drawn," "get a 'high'" and "consume your thoughts." The authors describe an impressive treatment program, using a "toolbox" consisting of psychotherapy, a No-Harm Contract, an Impulse Control Log, Five Alternatives and many writing assignments. In a four-week program with follow-up care, they teach patients self-acceptance and verbal expression as a healthier alternative to self-injury. This is a thorough and helpful guide for patient, loved ones and therapists alike. Author tour. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Keywords: SAFE Self-Injury Self-Harm Logs Wendy Lader Cutting
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Review Date: Wed June 13, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good information and examples, with interactive materials (things to do)
Cons: some parts specific to the program mentionned

It was recommended by my therapist because I read this information to help myself, and I found it useful.
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Review Date: Sat February 24, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


I haven't read this book, YET. I have been cutting since age 18. NO ONE understands it, but it sounds like the authors DO! Hooray! My therapist decided to ignore the blood-letting, since he thinks its juvenile behavior and trying to get attention. I have sewed myself up on two occasions. Cutting is a great tension release. I thought I was alone in doing this, in fact I thought I had invented it. I was shocked to find out how many people do it. But outsiders think you are absolutely nuts.
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Review Date: Thu December 28, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $24.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: the "Bible" for anyone who wants to stop Self-Injurying
Cons: First half may be triggering

I have bought this book and given it to my sponsee's a couple of times. This book helped me to stop Self-Injurying. The people at SAFE (Self Abuse Finally Ends) know that not everyone can afford to go to their program so it is completly outlined in the 2nd half of the books.My Lay Counselor and I went through it together and I am coming up on my first year of no self injury since 1988!
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