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Alternatives and Coping Methods

When you're faced with any kind of negative urge, whether self harm, an addiction or something else, alternatives are ways that can help you to get past those negative emotions. Some of these can help you immediately, by stopping you in the moment, while others can help you over a longer term to change your thinking and help you to move forward.

Below are a number of different ways to help you when facing these negative urges. These have all been shared by our members over the years about what has helped them. Please keep in mind that not everything on this list will work for everyone, so, if you try something and it doesn't work for you, don't get discouraged! Some of these choices are complicated, and you might want to utilize the help of a therapist or trusted friend when undertaking them. Recovery is not a process that can be walked through alone, so don't be afraid to reach out for help.

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If you're not sure where to start, here's a random alternative for you to try:


(Good if you're distressed or tempted right now)
Dealing with and expressing your feelings
(Good to reduce urges)
Coping strategies
(Good for long term progress)
Self-care Recovery rewards

Do you have additional ideas that we haven't thought of? Tell us about them in the Support Forums!

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