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Exclamation just can't seem to quit - April 10th 2010, 02:10 PM

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cutting has became an addiction i just cant quit. i quit for awhile for my fiance but we broke up & i started again and can't stop I Need to but part of me doesnt want to stop. It helps to dull the mental and emotional pain and in a way numbs me from it i should stop but its addicting
   
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Re: just can't seem to quit - April 11th 2010, 05:12 PM

Hey There !

Firstly, you've already completed the HARDEST part of stopping - the fact that you've admitted you have an issue with it!

I'm sure you have by now realised that self harm doesn't really solve lifes problems in the long run?! I understand that overwhelming emotions and sometimes anger can lead many people to turn to self harm as a way of escaping, but it never works. The emotions and anger always come back again.

You need to take things slowly, don't aim to high or you'll be setting yourself up for a big fall - and this may lead you into self harm all over again.

The main thing you need to do, is find another out-put for all of your pent up emotions;
-Running
-Walking
-Having a bath
-Writing
-Drawing
-Throwing plates at brick walls.

Find something that works for you, that releases all those emotions, but withoout harming yourself in the process. Make sure you check out these links too:

Addictive Behaviours Advice: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f124-...ors-resources/

Alternatives to self harm: http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...ves-self-harm/

Self Harm Recources : http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f12-s...arm-resources/

You should also consider talking to an adult who can help you through this, this could be a parent/carer or another family member your trust, a teacher, a church leader, the school/college councillor. ALL of these people would no doubt be more than willing to help you through this - School Councillors are people that work within the school helping young people, they are confidential and they don't have to talk to your family unless your putting your life at risk - definitly worth a look, and see if you mnight be interested?

You've made the first big step to helping yourself - and I congratulate you on that - but don't fight the rest of the battle alone.

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Re: just can't seem to quit - April 11th 2010, 07:19 PM

I understand. I was also a cutter for many years. I started to write poetry and songs, make internet graphics and write in an online diary. I did a lot of posting for help and advice. It was like a release for me, seemed like the only release for me. I put my mind to it though and found other ways to release my feelings. Mostly through blasting my music and writing down my feelings. Have you tried anything like that? What about speaking to a coucellor? They can help if you let them. You may also try a reward system for yourself. For every time you want to cut but dont, reward yourself with something.
   
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