a Support System
One of the
best ways to quit self injury is to build a healthy support system for
you to use in hard times. A
support system is a group of people, friends and/or family, who are
there for you when you need them.
start by telling someone close to you about your addiction.
We often think that our friends and/or family members will think
us to be freaks, and will be ashamed of us and our addictions.
Many times, this is simply our addiction getting the best of us.
Overcoming this initial paranoia is a huge step in the right
direction, and will pay off in a big way in the end.
Having someone physically present to hug and comfort you when you
are having an urge can not be replaced by any other tip or idea
presented on this website. It is,
hands down, the best way to gain support when attempting to direct
yourself on a new path.
If you are
someone, who really does lack a healthy family life or friendship
circle, and truly have no one you feel you can trust, there are other
ways to gain a healthy support circle. One
way is to join an online forum. Online
forums are a great way to remain as anonymous as you want, and still
form healthy and productive friendships with real people.
You could join a forum specially aimed at dealing with
self-injury and/or other mental health related subjects, or you could
simply join a general chat forum that is not revolved around
self-injury, depression, etc. There
are pros and cons to each choice.
self-injury related forum you can speak with people who truly understand
your current position and are able to offer peer to peer counsel and/or
advice on problems you may be facing on your journey to recovery.
However, these forums are often very triggering, and could do
more damage than improvement depending on the way the forum is run.
Equilibrium offers a forum that
is specifically designed to attempt to offer a safe, productive,
friendly environment in which to discuss self-injury and/or other mental
health related subjects. We have
certain rules and regulations that help keep our members safe while
browsing. We do not guarantee that
you will not be triggered, but rest assured we try our very best to keep
every member safe and happy.
this is a chance you do not want to take, a General Chat forum may be
the best way to go for you. The
disadvantage of a General Chat forum is that people may not understand
your situation if you choose to speak about it publicly on the forum.
You could choose not to share that information on the forum, and
instead use the forum as a way to distract yourself from your problems
with light-hearted conversation. In
the process you may gain many online friends who are willing to discuss
your self-injury and depression with you when you are not feeling very
Many who self
injure, see their self injury as very secretive, and are not keen on the
idea of telling anyone about their addiction.
We understand and respect this feeling, but keeping it a secret
allows you more room for failure. You
are allowing yourself the luxury of being able to give up at any given
time. When someone knows about
your self injury, they are counting on you and rooting you on
constantly. This gives you a sense
of hope, and inspiration when trying to quit.
So please take this option into consideration, it will make a
huge difference in your attempts to quit self injury.
To visit the
Equilibrium Forums click here.