by Restorations Therapy Center on Friday, April 2nd, 2021
Recovery is all about commitment to your sobriety and healing. At first, you will learn to cope with the underlying causes of your addiction and later move on to rebuilding relationships and learning how to set and uphold boundaries. Setting healthy boundaries takes time, especially when you haven’t been living with them in the past. Learning how to navigate this part of the recovery process can be challenging, but you will learn how to and see the benefits of doing so over time.
Everyone, including those that are not recovering from addiction, needs to have certain boundaries in their life. These are physical or emotional limits that individuals set to protect their well-being, including physical, mental, and emotional health. There are healthy boundaries and unhealthy boundaries, and each of these will affect the way others treat you. Healthy boundaries ensure that your relationships with others are respectful, supportive, and conducive to your general health and wellbeing. Unhealthy boundaries are the opposite, as they allow others to take advantage of or manipulate you into doing things that may not be in your best interest.
Setting boundaries in recovery lets others know what you are willing to accept versus what you aren’t. In recovery, you will find that not everyone supports your sobriety; even those you expected would be in your corner. Those around you may try to pressure you back into old behaviors that could jeopardize your recovery. By setting boundaries, you can put limits between yourself and these individuals to ensure that you are in charge of your sobriety and actively protecting your recovery. Over time, you may come to realize that some people simply aren’t going to respect your boundaries. When this happens, it is a good indication of what relationships to let go of for the future, as you only want individuals who will support your recovery around you.
Understanding the importance of setting healthy boundaries for recovery is one thing, but knowing how to set them is entirely different. Setting healthy boundaries can be challenging, especially if you aren’t used to living with them. Many individuals worry they are being rude or seemingly pushing people out of their lives when, in reality, they are setting boundaries that are weeding out those that do not respect the person’s autonomy and recovery. Consider the following tips when going about developing your own healthy boundaries in recovery:
If you are like most individuals in recovery, you most likely didn’t have healthy boundaries set before entering treatment. Therefore, you may be unsure of where to begin when it comes to setting healthy boundaries. Consider the following to help you get started:
Setting boundaries in recovery is often a foreign concept to those in treatment. However, the process does not have to be complicated or painful. While you may feel some discomfort along the way, realizing the benefits of setting healthy boundaries will help you learn to enforce them over time. Learning always to put you and your recovery first will help you maintain long-term sobriety. At Restorations Therapy, we work with our clients to help them heal from addiction and learn different ways of maintaining their sobriety. We strive to help individuals build happy, healthy relationships that are founded on mutual respect and self-love. We believe that through healthy boundaries, recovery is possible and can be maintained over time. If you are currently struggling with setting boundaries in your recovery, contact us today at (720) 446-6585. Together we can restore your life from addiction and learn to maintain healthy boundaries with the ones you love. Start today and find your happiness with Restorations Therapy.