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SELF-MUTILATION: By physical self-mutilation, we mean deliberately causing injury to our bodies without the intention of ending our lives. This includes cutting ourselves, tearing out body hair, burning ourselves, scratching until blood is drawn, reopening wounds, swallowing objects, banging our heads against the wall, breaking bones or teeth, tearing or severely biting cuticles or nails, chewing the inside of the mouth, compulsive body-tattooing, excessive cosmetic surgeries, body-piercing, acne mutilation, etc.
 
THE TOOLS OF RECOVERY


*OPENING STATEMENT: We believe that we are as sick as our secrets and that self-disclosure and honesty with others is the key to recovery.

*OPENING STATEMENT: We believe that we are as sick as our secrets and that self-disclosure and honesty with others is the key to recovery.

* AFFIRMATIONS:

I let my body heal. I stay conscious of my feelings and write them down. I applaud my willingness. I’m free to spend my time as I choose. My body is beautiful; I want to take care of it. I deserve to come into the inheritance of my own beauty. Life is safe. I accept myself exactly how and who I am today. I am willing to become increasingly more gentle and loving to myself. I joyfully say, “No.” I have survived my childhood. I deserve to be the person I am.

My humor is a sign of my recovery.

If at first I don’t succeed, I lower my expectations.

 

*Have the desire to stop mutilating yourself

* Disclose what you do to mutilate and identify it as an addiction.

 

*TRADITIONS/STEPS: 1. We admitted we were powerless over physical self-mutilation---that our lives had become unmanageable.2. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.3. Admitted to ourselves and to anotherhuman being the exact nature of our wrongs.4. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.5. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.6. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

 

* Be aware of your triggers. * Talk to another self-mutilator to short-circuit the behavior. * Draw or write down your feelings; don't take them out on yourself. * Break out of your routine. * Find a constructive outlet for your anger. * Find a creative use for your free time. * Write your own recovery plan. * Use these tools to abstain from secondary mutilation behaviors too.