You don't have to live with pain to experience substance abuse problems or to be hurtful towards yourself. Life can be hard sometimes and we as humans can struggle with the pressures and stress of life.
Not everyone living with pain will experience substance abuse or self abuse issues. We will each experience our pain differently but if you notice anything about yourself in the assessments please speak with your doctor or health care professional. There is help, and there is help to find the help you need. You just need to ask for it and believe you are worth getting help.
As with many of our other pain behaviours, there is a reason why you are abusing substances or hurting yourself. These behaviours serve a purpose in your life currently. Do you know what that is? We will each have our own reasons to why we took this turn, and when you understand why, it will aid you to stop when you are ready.
There are alternatives to hurting ourselves.
Take good care of you ok?