new here- need some help quitting and moral support
Posted October 11th, 2012 by extweaker
Hi everyone, I'm new to this site. I've been a picker for as long as I can remember, even as a kid whenever I had a scab or a pimple I just had to pick at it. It really didn't become a problem until I started using amphetamines at age 14. It started with abusing ADHD drugs and later progressed to using meth and crack. I'm now 18 and have been clean for about 3 months. During the time I was using drugs I started compulsively picking my face and arms. I would sometimes stand in front of the mirror and pick at my face with my fingernails for hours, leaving horrible bloody sores on my skin. Even though I'm clean now, I still can't stop picking my face. I seem to do it more when I'm anxious or stressed. I have a lot of scars from previous picking that I obsessively pick at. I also have acne which is getting worse because I pick at it. It's a vicious cycle that I've gotten myself into; I see a scar or pimple, I pick at it, it gets worse, and I pick at it again. I don't know how to stop! I hate the way my skin looks now and I'm ashamed to leave the house. Does anyone have any tips I could use to stop doing this and how I can get rid of the scars it's created? Thank you for your help and support.