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Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

Self-injury can be addictive but you can recover from self-harm using the 12 steps, among other ways. Because self-harm helps us feel better, even if it is a negative coping skill, it can become a habit. We can become powerless over self-injury. But, like any addiction, a 12-step program can be useful in fighting self-harm behavior and aid self-harm recovery.

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Self-Injury: What Few People Know About Self-Harm

Self-Injury: What Few People Know About Self-Harm

There are three things few people know about self-harm, also known as self-injury. Self-injury is rarely discussed in our society. Mental illness is rarely discussed, and self-injury is even more stigmatized. Virtually every website that discusses self-injury has the word “secret” in it, as do movies about it and books about it. Here are three things few people know about self-injury.

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Effects of New Psychiatric Medication on Self-Injury

Effects of New Psychiatric Medication on Self-Injury

Starting new psychiatric medication can affect self-injurious behavior. Starting when I was in my early teens, I was given many different combinations of medications to take for my mental illness. The medication side effects ranged from hives to hallucinations. The worst part about taking a different pill every couple of months was the uncertainty of how it was going to affect my mood. Most of the medications simply failed to make me better, but a few had severe adverse effects on my mood and overall health that were impossible to ignore. As a self-harmer, handling the stress and mood changes that comes along with new medications is vital to recovery. In short, you need to know the effects that new psychiatric medication may have on your self-harming.

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Social Media and the Desire to Self-Harm

Social Media and the Desire to Self-Harm

A desire to self-harm can be affected by social media. It is sad that most wars have been over something as simple as differing beliefs. I have never been into politics or religion (I support believing in whatever your heart holds to be true), but it does bother me when someone expresses a belief and they get attacked because of it. Whether that attack is verbal, physical or online, it still hurts those who aren’t secure or confident in the skin they wear. Sometimes the pain caused on social media can translate into self-harm.

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Make Memories, Not Scars: Reminiscing Without Self-Harm

Make Memories, Not Scars: Reminiscing Without Self-Harm

Reminiscing without self-harm can be hard but you can make memories without scars. With the social media today, practically every step you take is recorded. Whether you are tagged in photographs from the night before or you tweet about the meal you had, life is not a secret anymore. Technology has made it so you cannot forget some of the memories from your past because, well, they may show up on an app or in an online journal or blog you forgot about. Sometimes the most difficult memories are the ones that crush you without warning and reminiscing about these memories can cause self-harm.

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Alcohol and Self-Injury: A Dangerous Cycle

Alcohol and Self-Injury: A Dangerous Cycle

Alcohol and self-injury definitely don’t mix and can lead to serious consequences. As you may know, self-medicating is a way many people with mental illness deal with the symptoms of their disease. I have fallen into this trap multiple times with heavy drinking. Of course, choosing to self-medicate over a doctor-prescribed treatment is never a good idea, but alcohol can intensify our feelings when we are already suffering from the addiction of self-harm. We may hurt ourselves worse than we ever thought we could, which is exactly what I did.

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Break the Self-Harm Stigma with Bright Color

Break the Self-Harm Stigma with Bright Color

Did you know you can break the stigma of self-harm with bright colors? Many people who are not educated about self-harm often picture the addiction in a cliché light. Some may think those who self-harm always wear dark clothing, seclude themselves and are suicidal. Of course, those are simply stigmas that the world has unfortunately thrown at people who self-harm. Since everyone has his or her own story of struggle, you must break the self-harm stigma and get to know the addiction without cliché expectations. One way to break the self-harm stigma is with bright colors.

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Let Karma Help You Stop Self-Harm

Let Karma Help You Stop Self-Harm

I am not a very religious person. I do not follow a specific religion or promote any kind of religious beliefs. I think everyone is welcome to believe what he or she wishes to believe, but as for me – I typically stray away from religion. However, if I were to believe in any kind of religion, it would be karma. It is very possible for karma can help you stop self-harm.

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About Kalie Gipson, Author of “Speaking Out About Self-Injury”

About Kalie Gipson, Author of “Speaking Out About Self-Injury”

My name is Kalie Gipson, and I am a college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Psychology. Simply making it through middle school, high school, and college was an excruciating task for me, since I suffered from self-harm for seven of the past 10 years. It all started when I was 13, after a rather nasty argument involving my entire family. It quickly escalated into a psychological addiction to self-injury, one I had to answer to every time it called. After a few years, hiding the self-harm scars on my arms and legs became an exercise in futility.

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Embrace Being Different — You Are Making a Difference

Embrace Being Different — You Are Making a Difference

Learn how to embrace being different — you are making a difference. I’ve always had a guilty pleasure for watching entertainment award shows and red carpet specials. I will admit — I like watching the lives of celebrities and seeing the highs and lows they go through that make them, well, human (as long as they’re not dramatized highs and lows). I will typically watch award shows for the fashion disasters and the awful lip-synching, but I didn’t expect to receive the inspirational quote I did from one of the most recent shows about embracing differences.

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