Recovery tattoos are becoming more and more popular,anything from an awareness ribbon, the symbol of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to personal mantras.
I personally have one recovery tattoo already, (which I’ve already written about in the beginning of this blog) it’s a peace symbol with “inner” written across it, creating my personal mantra “inner peace.” This mantra has stayed with me since my first treatment program at fourteen,and just last year (has it really been a year already!?) On my ninteenth birthday I has it permantly tattoed on my left foot (placement due to enabling me to see it while practicing yoga, which I also began at fourteen during treatment)
But recently I have wanted another recovery tattoo (ok that’s a lie I’ve has three other tattoos planned, but have yet to put them into motion). My next tattoo I’m hoping to get is a orange awareness ribbon (orange is for self injury.) My plan is to have it placed on my inner left wrist, where I have a spot between my scars, it will have to be small to fit, but that makes it just a bit more special to me. My plan is after being six months self harming free ( no cutting, no burning, and no sctracthing till I bleed) I will have this tattoo done.
There are a few other recovery tattoos I’m planning on getting over the years also. I’m hoping to have a dove tattood onto my ribs. Doves to me symbolize freedom, freedom to “fly” away from my past abuse, freedom from the deathly hands of depression, anxiety and unhealthy relationship with food. I’m also hoping to have “believe” tattood around my wrist. The word believe has always been one of the words I gravitate towards, partly due to my vaste imagination, but it grew into believing in myself, believing there is hope, and believing that even though right this second I’m hurting inside, one day I believe I wont.
I personally think one of the reasons many people get recovery tattoos is to have a permanet reminder of there recovery, something to look at when someone is low, when they might start to slip back into a relapse, seeing the tattoo reminds them they are a fighter, reminds them of a positive.
Do you have, or plan on getting a recovery tattoo? What of? Does it help you personally to have a constant reminder of your recovery?