This term refers to differentiating of personal spaces within interpersonal relationships. A boundary separates the concept of “self” and “others”.  A person with healthy boundaries does not allow others to encroach on the deeper levels of their identity. Likewise a person with healthy boundaries will not be codependent – pinning their happiness on those of others.  It is often referred to within the context of laying out what behaviour is acceptable – to set down a boundary is to place a bottom line on what behaviour from others you will tolerate.
A relationship characterised by fuzzy or unhealthy boundaries may be referred to as enmeshed or codependent. Co-dependency is on issue that is addressed during the family programme at a quality addiction treatment centre.

Establishing boundaries is essential in addiction treatment as it helps you define what is acceptable and what is not. By setting clear boundaries, you communicate your needs and expectations to others, as well as yourself. Boundaries act as protective barriers that aid in your recovery process.

The concept of boundaries is not a new phenomenon but it has gained recognition and importance in addiction treatment over the years. In the past, addiction treatment primarily focused on the individual’s substance use disorder. However, it has evolved to recognise that addiction is not solely about the substance itself but also about underlying factors and interpersonal dynamics.

Boundaries help address these interpersonal dynamics by guiding your interactions with others. They enable you to establish healthy and respectful relationships while maintaining your recovery-focused priorities. With clear boundaries, you can avoid situations that may trigger a relapse or compromise your progress.

In addiction treatment, boundaries are about taking care of yourself rather than trying to control others. It is about recognising your limitations and honoring your needs. By setting boundaries, you create a safe and supportive environment that cultivates your recovery.

Setting boundaries may involve saying no to certain situations or people that are not conducive to your sobriety. It involves identifying activities or behaviors that are triggers for your addictive tendencies and then making a conscious decision to avoid them.

Ultimately, boundaries empower you to prioritise your recovery, health and well-being. They allow you to establish a solid foundation for a substance-free life and contribute to your long-term success in addiction treatment.

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