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Relapse - June 20th 2015, 06:16 PM

Yesterday I got really suicidal and ended up having a relapse. I feel terrible I had one and I feel like I need to SH more.



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Re: Relapse - June 20th 2015, 07:39 PM

Hey there,

I know how terrible relapses can make you feel but please don't give up on trying again. I think that relapses are a part of recovery and I have relapses numerous times before finally getting clean. I think you need to try and remind yourself of reasons why you don't want to self harm. I know when I was really struggling with urges this list helped me quite a bit. I would also suggest that you check out Alternatives to Self Harm.I know the alternatives have helped me quite a bit. If something on that list doesn't work you could always try making up your own alternatives. Although that list is pretty extensive.

I really hope that this helped and if you need anything feel free to use teenhelps many resources.


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Re: Relapse - June 21st 2015, 08:14 PM

I agree in that relapses are part of recovery. You can't be expected to never do something again after you've used it to cope for so long. Recovery is a process, not perfection, and all of the progress you previously made is still there. Relapsing can't take your progress away. You went self-harm free for a while, so be proud of yourself! I think what you do after relapsing is what matters the most, so pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep beating self-harm.


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Re: Relapse - June 22nd 2015, 06:52 PM

Relapsed are definitely part of recovery. A hard part but definitely a part. And as hard as it is. You can get through it. You have to realise you had a relapse and accept that you did and now say right lets start again and move on because if you keep holding on to it, you are going to keep on self harming and getting into an even worse place because it's just going to be there in your head and you won't get pass it. So as difficult as it is, you were doing great, you had a relapse but you can move on and start again. Okay? And we're all here to help and support you as best as we can do so don't be alone in it. Be proud of yourself for how far you have come. You've done really well to get this far.

And remember when you have the urges to self harm, to distract yourself as best as you can do. Do anything and everything (that's good for you) and keep doing them because as long as you're doing something then you aren't self harming. You are staying safe. And that's whats important - you staying safe.

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