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I am in a 12 step program and been in recovery from alcohol and drugs for 15 months now. I have recovered from my substance addictions by completing steps 1-9 with a sponsor and living steps 10-12 on a daily basis. I have used the spiritual tools given to me in the program to address my picking problem as well. They are extremely useful and when applied I find the compulsion to pick my face leaves me for sometime, however I have not yet been able to indefinitely abstain from the behavior. This is not surprising to me since one of the biggest aspects of the 12 steps is sharing experiences about the problem with others who have the same issues and can understand, to the very core of their being, one another’s struggles-- This forum is a God-send as it is providing the missing piece to the puzzle for me. Today I found this website. It is the first time I have ever been able to put an exact name to this issue which have plagued me so- DERMATILLOMANIA It sounds extreme to say I got tears in my eyes as I was reading, but this website has confirmed for me, that which I had known for so long-- That my deepest desperate desire to end this behavior is not adequate enough alone to make it stop. Above, I mention this forum as a 'God-send' which may also be perceived as strong language. I use the term "God" to describe a spiritual entity (higher power) and do not impose any religious beliefs on my fellows. It is up to oneself to find and define a "God" of their own choosing when working a 12-step program. I absolutely know with all my heart that the twelve steps can change even the most seemingly helpless conditions. We can build a fellowship (even if its only two people but more must always be welcome) to take this journey together. -W.C.