You may hear of other coping suggestions to try that are not harmful and simulate the cutting sensation such as draw on your body with marker, rub ice on your skin, and snap rubber bands against your arms or legs; HOWEVER, they can in fact get you to want the "real thing" and could end up harming.

Below are some alternatives for taking it our on your own skin. Some work, others don't; it is a matter of finding the alternative that best works for you. There might be some that have worked that no longer work and others that might work that at one time didn't, so stay open and remain positive.