At some point in your life, you have probably had the misfortunate of dealing some who had problems with “boundaries.” This person may be a family member who licked a spoon before sticking it back in a bowl or a friend who continuously fights with another one of your friends at every party. At some point, you have to lay down rules, but some people have a hard time listening. So, imagine how tricky this situation can get when you are setting up rules for addicts. Where do you cross the line and when should you law down the law? How much is too much when loved ones are involved? Are you being too pushy or do they need a bit of tough love? All these questions and more are probably rattling through your mind if you know a drug addict or alcoholic (or habitual user). Let’s take a closer look and see how you can set up boundaries for these people in your life.
Failing to Set up Boundaries Is Dangerous
Simply put, boundaries are limits to what is permitted and what is not permitted in relationships and, much like the people they are designed for, are 100% original. Still, people who suffer from abuse or addiction can sometimes have a hard time sticking to these rules. Some of the hardest for them to adhere to are:
- Smoking in the presence of other people (and children)
- The limits of how much alcohol is accepted in a relationship
- Acceptable forms of behavior
- Pressure or coercion to take part in drugs or alcohol
- Marking a line that cannot be crossed
- Putting the blame on someone else
Boundaries for Success
Although it might seem like a futile situation, setting up boundaries does not have to be hard and can sometimes benefit the addict more than hurt them. Here are examples of some ideal boundaries for drug addicts and alcoholics:
- Explain how smoking, drinking, and drug use in general are bad behaviors that should not be performed around children (or in your household).
- Do not lay the blame on someone for your bad behavior.
- Do not allow the use of sexual or aggressive behavior as coercion tactics.
- Listen to the people around you. (They do care.)
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
Drug addiction and alcoholism are difficult to overcome and can damage your social life and personal life in a severe manner. If you, a friend, or a loved one is suffering from marijuana use disorder or a form of dependency, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the pain of withdrawal and detox and help you complete a successful and fulfilling rehabilitation. While the road to recovery might not be an easy path, we promise to help you every step of the way.
Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can kick your marijuana use to the curb.