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Do you consider it an addiction *trigger warning* THE Draco Malfoy 2 kids; Tennessee 20041 posts
26th Jun '13

Would you consider cutting an addiction? When someone is say and alcoholic, they say they're a "recovering alcoholic" even many years or even decades later. So would you consider someone a recovering cutter in the same sense?



I say yes to both. Though I haven't cut in a couple of years, the idea and the urge is constantly in the back of my mind...



What is your opinion on this subject?

GrumpsMama 1 child; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 16074 posts
26th Jun '13

I agree, yes. An addiction is an addiction and they are all hard to stop.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
26th Jun '13

I think so. Cutting can be highly addictive, because their is a physical and mental reaction when it happens. Generally, people use cutting the same way someone may use an another addictive substance like alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs.
Although it isn't a commonly used phrase, a "recovering cutter", yes I would consider it the same. Like when someone quits cigarettes, they could be considered a recovering smoker.

Casbutt Due April 27; 2 kids; Columbus, OH, United States 13756 posts
26th Jun '13

I'd say it is. You can easily get addicted to the feeling you get while you cut, and it definitely is hard to fight the urge if it is something you've done before. It also is something you're probably going to be in "recovery" from because how easily things can trigger you to just do it 'one more time'. Images of slash marks, especially on arms, are really triggering for me. :oops:

THE Draco Malfoy 2 kids; Tennessee 20041 posts
26th Jun '13
Quoting Emotional Squeekerz:" I'd say it is. You can easily get addicted to the feeling you get while you cut, and it definitely is ... [snip!] ... can trigger you to just do it 'one more time'. Images of slash marks, especially on arms, are really triggering for me. :oops:"

i'm sorry.




i also wasn't sure if it's just me... like i can understand if things are going on in your life that are a trigger, but to just have the urge because you miss the feeling you get? :? :oops:



ETA: used to be it was out of anger or hurt, now it's like i feel so stressed it's like i can't breath. then the thought of "you know it would fix all of that" just pops into my head...

Cordelia's Mom 33 kids; Bakersfield, California 3685 posts
26th Jun '13

yes. It was the only thing that helped and it took a very long time to stop.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
26th Jun '13
Quoting THE Draco Malfoy {kkk}:" i'm sorry. i also wasn't sure if it's just me... like i can understand if things are going on in your ... [snip!] ... i feel so stressed it's like i can't breath. then the thought of "you know it would fix all of that" just pops into my head..."


It was like that for me for a long time. Like I could just be having a normal day, nothing good, nothing bad, and it would just be like, you know what could make this day fantastic? I missed that feeling for so long.



*I will probably remove this part later* But I'm honestly kind of afraid to quit smoking because it has been my go to for so long to keep away from doing it.

A & T + 2♡ 2 kids; Kansas 19173 posts
26th Jun '13

Yes, I do believe cutting is an addiction.



Also, I don't think anyone is ever completely "healed". I learned in rehab that an addict is always an addict.

♡Makeup Addiction♡ 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Milwaukee, WI, United States 4546 posts
26th Jun '13

Honey its an addiction, i fight the urge every day to not drink, pop pills and cut . It's a clawing feeling at the back of your mind. I've been clean for 7 yrs.. It's rough and a challenge every day

how khuntastik 4 kids; California 1273 posts
26th Jun '13

I very much consider self mutilation an addiction. I have to constantly fight the urges to harm myself even though it has been almost three years since I gave in. I have an addictive personality, but it makes sense since harming yourself releases feel good endorphins. I know a lot of people whom disagree.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
26th Jun '13

I think any behavior can become addicting if it is used as a coping mechanism...so I believe that binge/purge, cutting, shopping, whatever can be addicting if it gives you a feeling that helps alleviate unpleasant feelings. It is human to want relief & if you find it in something, it is absolutely normal to have a drive to do it, even when you know it isn't what is good for you in the long run. While you can have physical withdrawal symptoms from things like alcohol or nicotine or many other things, after the withdrawals are over, your addiction sustains through NON biological urges...so therefore I would *think* the urge to relapse would be similar at that point, regardless of what issue you are talking about. I think the only difference between a chemical dependency & non chemical one is in the beginning while the body clears itself, after that point I would imagine it is very very similar in nature.

THE Draco Malfoy 2 kids; Tennessee 20041 posts
26th Jun '13
Quoting justanothamotha:" I think any behavior can become addicting if it is used as a coping mechanism...so I believe that binge/purge, ... [snip!] ... one is in the beginning while the body clears itself, after that point I would imagine it is very very similar in nature."

i think that is a very good point.

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7275 posts
26th Jun '13

I've never been a cutter but I guess I would call myself a picker. When I would get anxious I would start packing at scabs, pimples, cubicles whatever . Sometimes it's really hard not to buy SO says it makes me look like I'm a tweekers when I do:(

Red Bottom 2 kids; Middelfart, Denmark 15275 posts
26th Jun '13

It's generally associated with disassociative personality disorder, I believe. Generally self multination is not a constant need or craving, it's usually triggered by something requiring a coping mechanism, from what I know about the condition.

THE Draco Malfoy 2 kids; Tennessee 20041 posts
26th Jun '13
Quoting M walls:" I've never been a cutter but I guess I would call myself a picker. When I would get anxious I would ... [snip!] ... pimples, cubicles whatever . Sometimes it's really hard not to buy SO says it makes me look like I'm a tweekers when I do:("

because that's supportive. :roll: :?



i also pick the skin off my lip to the point it bleeds...oddly, sitting here thinking about it, i didn't start that till after i stopped cutting...