Self Injury and Recovery

I am someone who self injures. I have reached a point in my recovery where I feel that I can back off of some of the hitting that I do to myself. I am feeling empowered by this opportunity to move closer to sobriety from the hitting. I have a multitude of issues but the hitting is a primary issue right now. Has anyone recovered from self injurious behaviors? Would love to hear your story!

Mw

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  • No, I haven't heard anything. You sound awesome in that you've recovered this far!! I salute you and your efforts! If I can be a support to you in any way, please let me know.

  • Thank you. I have brought my SI down to a far more manageable level. The next four weeks could very well bring me total sobriety. I have good supports but no group I can attend. If you have any suggestions for positive coping skills I would appreciate hearing them.

    Thank you again!

    Mw

  • What is an SI? Besides SacroIliac?

    Positive coping skills: Watch your self-talk so that it's always positive; congratulate yourself where it's earned; eliminate "shoulds" and "I should have" and replace with "ideally I could have.." or "in an ideal situation...but realistically...".

    Imagine yourself doing the very thing you think you can't and then do it. Do not visualize any thoughts of failure because it's not an option. Visualize success only. This works for things you know are doable even though they are hard.

    I'll think of more as I go about my day.

  • SI is self injury.

    Thanks!

    Mw

  • Yes. I used to cut. I haven't done so in over 24 years but at times I do get bad enough where the urge does come, usually when i am in a severe state.

    Sometimes the self injurious behaviors just take a different form though.

    It's about mastering self hate I think, at least for me.

  • I am still pondering why I do what I do. Most complex!

    Mw

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