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Setting Boundaries in Recovery for Yourself

Setting Boundaries in Recovery for Yourself

Addiction recovery requires time and patience.

Although the journey is worth it, it’s never guaranteed to be easy. Who you surround yourself with and how you treat yourself during this period of time is critical to sustaining your sobriety. When you’re surrounded by people who don’t support your recovery or have contributed to your addiction in the past, it can make this process more difficult. As a drug rehab center in Delaware, we encourage setting boundaries for yourself in recovery. This can give you the space you need to grow and learn more about yourself. It can also prevent you from becoming entangled in drama or receiving well-intentioned help that may not be beneficial. 

How to Set Boundaries for Yourself in Recovery

Setting boundaries in recovery for yourself is easier said than done. You may be hesitant to do this out of fear of pushing people away, hurting people, or even losing relationships. However, it’s important to address any risks to your sobriety. Below are some realistic and effective ways you can do this. 

Say “No” When You Have To 

The thing that most people have trouble with when setting boundaries in addiction recovery is saying “no” to people. While you may be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings, saying no to something that could cause a relapse is necessary. Usually, we know when we’re in the middle of a risky situation. If you’re with others and they offer you something you don’t want or ask you to do something you don’t want to do, say no.  

Be Honest About Your Feelings

Especially if you’ve been in a 12-Step Program like the one we offer at Banyan Delaware, you’ll understand the importance of being honest with yourself and others in addiction recovery. When setting up boundaries, being clear about your reasons for doing this can avoid any potential drama or problems in your relationships. While the person may not always respond positively, they may be more respectful of your decisions because you were honest. 

Politely Decline Unhelpful Assistance

Friends and family are often the first ones running to help. However, sometimes their good intentions can be more problematic than helpful. If your loved ones’ efforts are causing stress, then you should tell them. People often care so much that they go into control mode and attempt to take over the situation without realizing what they’re doing. While they may think they know what’s best for you, they’re not always correct. Being honest can help you avoid some unwanted drama and tension. 

Be Respectful to Yourself 

One thing that many people overlook in this process is self-respect. More often than not, we are our own worst enemies. It’s important to be kind and patient with yourself. Sustaining your sobriety is hard and setting boundaries in recovery for yourself is meant to build you up.

At Banyan Treatment Centers Delaware, we’re dedicated to helping our patients achieve their recovery goals. Call us now at 888-280-4763 to learn how our residential treatment program can help you. Help is just a phone call away.

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.