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Exclamation I don't know how much longer I can last - December 27th 2013, 03:38 PM

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I have always considered self harm an addiction. Because to me it really is. The rush of feeling the relief that self harm can cause is very addicting to me. For a while now, I have stopped self harming (about three months) and I am very proud of myself. My depression has been controllable and things have not been that bad. But now I am starting to feel myself getting worse again.

It doesn't help that my scars are a constant reminder of my past. I am not at all ashamed of what I used to do, because it makes me who I am today. But lately I feel more aware of my scars. Especially when I am alone.

I want to stay "clean" I guess you could say. I do not want to relapse and start this recovery process all over.

If any of you have any tips on how I can stay strong that would be really helpful.
   
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Re: I don't know how much longer I can last - December 27th 2013, 03:50 PM

Kayla,

Just to let you know, three months is absolutely amazing!

If your scars trigger you, have you considered trying things to help them fade? You can use body scrubs and lotion to get the cells moving again. Also, lemon juice is known to help if applied several times a day. In addition, you can try a certain amount of exposure. You can look at a few scars, and then go back later and look at a few more so you'll get conditioned to seeing them. If you don't want to do that, then you can try to keep them covered so you don't have to look at them.

Have you looked at the Alternatives thread? There's a lot of good information on there. Each alternative depends on the person, so find a few that work for you! You could also post in the SH Free thread as well, to track how far you've come. When you think about cutting, a way to look at it is saying, "I want to hurt myself." Instead of, "I want to cut." In that way, you'll be acknowledging it as a dangerous behavior. You can make a list of goals each day, and keep occupied achieving those! You can make chain links for each day you don't harm yourself.

You may not want to be social, but try to stay around people. Maybe you could play a game, or go hiking. If you're around people, you're less likely to harm yourself.

Don't forget to acknowledge all of your achievements! Hang in there.


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