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Healthy Ways To Set Boundaries In Recovery

Recovery is an ongoing journey of learning and growth. However, one essential element that often gets overlooked in this process is the art of setting boundaries. Establishing clear boundaries isn’t just about protecting yourself — it’s key to helping you navigate relationships and creating a healthy, supportive environment where you can thrive. Learning how to set boundaries is one of your best allies for safeguarding your sobriety for the long term.

1.  Reflect on Your Boundaries

Understanding the kind of boundaries that work for you is a crucial first step. It’s a personal thing — what might be a strict ‘no’ for one person might be different for another. While there are some situations where your boundaries will be obvious, other times, things aren’t so clear.

Take some time to reflect on some of your personal boundaries and your motives for setting them. What supports your recovery, and what detracts from your overall well-being?

2.  Define Your Non-Negotiables

Another important step is to define your non-negotiables, such as refusing to spend time with others who are still using drugs or alcohol, or requiring honesty in all of your relationships. These boundaries are not just about what others can or cannot do; they’re also about understanding your own needs and desires and how they help protect your recovery.

3.  Communicate Your Needs

Setting boundaries means actively communicating them to the people around you. However, that doesn’t mean you have to keep your walls high — instead, communicating your boundaries creates spaces of respect and understanding in your relationships. Be assertive, direct and honest, and say what you mean. Using “I” statements can also help others feel less defensive when letting them know what you need or what you’re not OK with. 

Your Recovery, Your Boundaries

Setting boundaries isn’t a one-time task; it is a continuous process. It reflects a deep sense of self-respect, showing that you value your health and sobriety above all else.

In your recovery journey, you’ll learn and grow, and your boundaries might change — and that’s OK. The important thing is to keep a clear perspective on what aids your recovery and to stand firm in upholding the boundaries that support your well-being.

For more information on how Mount Sinai Wellness Center can support your journey to wellness, feel free to contact us at (800) 353-4673 to schedule an appointment.