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Setting Healthy Boundaries With Family and Friends

Posted by Janice Story on November 20, 2023 at 7:30 AM

Recovery is more than just a journey of self-transformation, it’s one of redefining relationships with family and friends. At Soberman’s Estate, the importance of setting boundaries is emphasized as a critical step toward sustainable recovery. Boundaries are the invisible lines we draw to protect our well-being and respect our needs during the delicate phases of recovery.

Alin Calini LPC Primary Therapist

The Need for Boundaries in Recovery:

During treatment, men are often vulnerable to external influences. Old patterns of interaction with loved ones may trigger a relapse or hinder progress. Establishing boundaries is therefore not about isolation; it's about creating an environment conducive to healing. Boundaries allow individuals to disconnect from unhealthy relationships and behaviors and provide space for growth.

How Boundaries Aid Recovery:

  • Preventing Burnout: By saying no to excessive demands from others, men in recovery can conserve their energy and focus on their healing process.
  • Reducing Stress: Clear boundaries minimize stressful interactions, reducing the risk of relapse due to emotional strain.
  • Building Self-Esteem: When individuals set and maintain boundaries, they affirm their self-worth and gain confidence in their decision-making.
  • Improving Relationships: Paradoxically, boundaries can strengthen relationships by fostering respect and understanding between the individual and their loved ones.
  • Encouraging Independence: Learning to set boundaries is a step toward autonomy, an essential aspect of life post-recovery.

Setting Boundaries with Family:

Family dynamics can be complex, and it's not uncommon for family members to inadvertently hinder the recovery process. Open communication is key. Men are encouraged to express their needs calmly and clearly, without blame. It's important to articulate what behaviors are acceptable and which are not, and to stand firm on these decisions.

Setting Boundaries with Friends:

Friendships can also challenge recovery, especially if those friendships were formed around substance use. It's crucial to identify which relationships are supportive of recovery and which are detrimental. This may mean taking a break or ending friendships that pose a risk to sobriety.

Setting boundaries is an empowering practice that is vital for recovery. It's a skill that when learned and embodied, will give men the ability to maintain healthy boundaries which will serve them well in all facets of life, and aid them in their journey of recovery.

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12 Tips for Staying Sober Throughout the Holidays

Posted by Janice Story on October 30, 2023 at 7:30 AM

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for individuals in recovery, it can also be a time filled with triggers, stress, and temptations that may threaten their sobriety. Staying sober during the holidays may be challenging, but it is achievable with the right strategies and support. We’ve come up with 12 practical tips to help you maintain your sobriety throughout season.

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Resources For Recovery To Inspire Healing and Growth

Posted by Janice Story on October 23, 2023 at 8:00 AM

Recovery is a journey that requires strength, resilience, and support. For men on the path to healing, there are a wealth of resources available to help navigate this transformative process. Whether you're seeking guidance, inspiration, or simply a relatable story to connect with, this curated list of resources offers a diverse array of books, movies, and more to aid in your recovery journey.

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Topics: Addiction, Recovery, Resources

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