Managing Self-Harm Urges with Impulse Control Logs

October 27, 2012 Christie Stewart

Learn about managing self-harm urges with impulse control logs. These logs help self-injurers identify patterns and reduce the occurrence of self-harm.

This week's topic coincides with last week's topic - safe self-injury alternatives. In this vlog, I talk about managing self-injury urges in a healthy way, by using impulse control logs specially designed by S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES®, the world-renowned self-injury treatment program.


Managing Self-Harm Urges with Impulse Control LogsThe impulse control log was designed by S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® as an effective tool for the identification, understanding and management of self-destructive impulses, helping self-injurers and their therapists to identify patterns of self-injury.

The goal of this log is to put a window of opportunity (e.g. time to think) between an impulse and an action. It can help the user challenge irrational thoughts and identify feelings as well as allow for the healthy expression of that feeling as opposed to choosing self-destructive behavior.

You can view or download free impulse control logs from S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES®.

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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2012, October 27). Managing Self-Harm Urges with Impulse Control Logs, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from

Author: Christie Stewart

mental health girl
November, 6 2012 at 4:16 am

Thankyou so much for posting this article. It really goes with what I'm going through at the moment, I've been through a very hard time and have been using self harm as my release and I do enjoy it. Right now, not much else gives me the release like that does. I don't do it all the time, only in times when something really bad happens. So I do need something to help me when difficult times occur. Again, thanks for posting this xx

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