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02 November 2006 @ 07:45 pm
SI and addiction  
How addictive do you think SI is?

I've heard a lot of comparisons between self-injury and drug addiction or alcoholism. Yet unlike alocholism, SI-ers often stop completely randomly without other intervention. Since it's a coping mechanism, maybe it would take the place of an internal coping mechanism like, say, blaming other people for your problems. To defeat SI, it would be like getting rid of a negative personality trait, which is diffcult in itself but not physically addictive. Does that make any sense?

Then again, when I feel compelled to SI, I get a tingling sensation in the place where I want to cut, kinda like my skin is asking me to hurt it. That's pretty damn physical. Does anyone else get that? Do you think it's a sign of a physical addiction?
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Scarlet Starletauroralynx on November 3rd, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Yay, glad I'm not the only one! That's great that you can recognize your feelings before hurting yourself. I need to work on that myself. :P

It's a little like being addicted to nicotine, I guess. The effects are so subtle but they can calm you down immensely. After a while, it's easier to have a cigarette than to not have a cigarette. Once you quit, it's easy to go back because you think, hey, I'm feeling miserable and one little cigarette won't hurt. Then you're right back where you left off. Same for cutting.