Why Is It So Hard Not To Cut Again?AddictionWhy Is It So Hard Not To Cut Again?<div class="ExternalClass17D11F6BF34B499CB1292503D6F7879C"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">I haven't self-harmed in almost 2 years. So why so hard not to cut myself again? Why does it have to be hard? Is it really worth not to do it again?  </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass95E1247B05E44BAFAD61FC2666FA5D8F"><p>​Your dilemma is true in many cases. When people choose to make a life-style change such as to be healthier, eat right and get exercise and give up vices such as smoking, it can be years later and the urge to go back to those old ways can still be very powerful. People who have faced addictions of any sort must live with that addiction in “check" their whole lives. It seems if they let their guard down, or during a tough time in their lives, the draw is to go right back to that way of dealing with the problems and struggles they are having.</p><p>We really don't know WHY, we just know that is human nature and even if for the past two years you have found other things to use to ease your emotional pain that are healthier than cutting, you still may have that urge to some degree. But we also know this. You are stronger than your addiction!<br></p><p>Fight it, explore other options that may work for you, do whatever you can so you don't fall back into that habit. Each time you have the urge and you resist it, you will be stronger for it. Celebrate your victories!<br></p><p>Used the suggestions in this tip to help you overcome those thoughts of self-injury:<br></p><ul><li><a href="/Pages/Self-Injury-Learning-To-Ride-The-Wave.aspx?Topic=Self-Injury">Self Injury: Learning To Ride The Wave</a></li></ul><p>Keep resisting. You can do this; you have proven it to yourself in the past. Be STRONG and SMART!<br></p><p>​Pat, Crisis Counselor<br></p></div>18

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