Ditto! I started praying the rosary at the first thought, and the first few times I started crying because the temptation was so strong that it felt like it was overcoming me. But I stayed focused and I kept struggling with it, and now it has been almost 3 months.
I also used to self-injure, somtimes multiple times in the same day. I started playing the 15 minute game (well, I’ll wait 15 minutes to see if I still want to, and if I do then, I’ll go ahead… although most of the times, I played the 15 minute game for days at a time) a few years ago, and it started lessening the frequency of cutting, but I was still slipping up fairly regularly (every other week or so). Over a year ago, I started praying to St. Michael in addition to the 15 minute game, and I’ve only slipped up about 5 times this past year. And now, it’s been 4 months since I’ve cut.
Next up, smoking! But that’s almost a month away…
Thanks for the topic… breaking bad habits without prayer is almost impossible (it has been done, though), and I know that I would not have been able to break my bad habits without prayer.