MTV True Life “addicted to pain”

By | April 30, 2010

Is your life mantra: no pain, no gain? Do you need to feel pain to feel alive? Does your self-inflicted pain validate your existence?

Many people get addicted to the adrenaline rush associated with painful experiences, so they willfully seek out ways to injure themselves. True Life aims to explore the emotional addiction to this physical pain, which can take many forms.

What is your “pain fix?” Are you a bodybuilder who absolutely needs to feel the burn daily? Are you a masochist? Are you an adrenaline junkie obsessed with extreme sports? Are you a cutter? Are your multiple tattoos and body piercings a result of your addiction to pain?

If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 25, please email You should include your name, location, phone number and a photo of yourself. Please explain your situation in detail. The more you share, the more we can start to understand your story. For example: Describe what your addiction is. Explain what motivates you to do what do, and how long you’ve been doing it. Tell us what positivity or pleasure you derive from this pain. Describe any negative consequences in your life that you suffer because of this addiction. Share with us what those closest to you think of your behavior. Do you think you need help, or are you happy with your life as it is?