Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps

June 29, 2016 Becky Oberg

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.

Recovery from Self-Harm Using the 12 Steps

Recovery from self-harm benefits by use of the 12 Step program. But you need to tweak the 12 steps for self-injury recovery. Here's how.In this video, I talk about self-injury and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, with a few tweaks to fit self-injury. Like any addiction, self-injury renders are powerless until we admit we have a problem and this makes our lives unmanageable until we get help. That's the first step. The second step is believing a Higher Power can set us free. That Higher Power, who some call God, loves us as a creator loves its creation, and can and will help us in our battle.

How to Use the 12 Steps for Self-Harm Recovery

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Oberg, B. (2016, June 29). Self-Harm Recovery and the 12 Steps, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 22 from

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