Sometimes when you have a member of the family dealing with a substance use issue, you have to set boundaries to ensure you and your home are safe. This also helps ensure that you are not in any way enabling your loved one with the issue. It may feel difficult and upsetting to enact a boundary, but it is ultimately a kindness.
Family Peer Recovery Coach, Dr. Eric Daxon, RSPS has created a helpful fact sheet around boundaries. Check it out below to learn about the types of boundaries, when and why a boundary may be needed, and how to enforce your boundary. Most of all, remember that setting a boundary isn’t turning your back on your loved one with substance use issues. It’s a kindness for both of you.