Posted on March 6, 2019 by Origins
One of the major contributors to our stress, and therefore to our addictive patterns of behavior, are the relationships with people who bring toxicity and turmoil into our lives rather than peace. People who are toxic rob us of our energy, our joy, and our feelings of stability and calm. They can add to our sadness, confusion and overwhelm, contributing to our depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. When we are embroiled in toxic relationships, we find it harder to focus on our well-being and our recovery work. The conflict we’re dealing with on a regular basis causes us deep unhappiness and stress. Our toxic relationships can be a direct contributor to both addiction and our mental health issues.
Ultimately, relying on others to help us feel better about ourselves can derail our progress. Recovery requires that we build up our feelings of self-love and inner strength through solution-oriented actions, so much so that we no longer settle for poor treatment from other people and codependent relationships that cause us distress. As we make healthy changes, we discover amplified feelings of self-worth that help us act with honesty and integrity. We want to eliminate the self-rejection, delusion, and insecurity that are cause us to choose relationships that aren’t good for us.
Part of this process is learning to create healthy boundaries for ourselves.
We want to be able to appropriately identify our needs and voice them to the other people in our lives. We want to develop healthy communication skills, so that we can honestly express ourselves fully and not be stifled or silenced any longer. Oftentimes, our toxic relationships continue because we’ve sacrificed our own integrity and allowed ourselves to be overpowered by other people. When we put healthy boundaries in place and stick with them, the people and things that can’t abide by those standards naturally fall away. As we progress through recovery, we learn how to be respectful and kind toward others, and therefore start to have less tolerance for disrespect and unkindness. We realize that our recovery is worth protecting, and we start to prioritize sanity over the conflict and turmoil our toxic relationships were bringing us. The more we establish healthy boundaries for ourselves and separate ourselves from toxicity, the more we can focus on our recovery and create the lives we want for ourselves.
Origins Behavioral Healthcare is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance abuse, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renown clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety.
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