How to Set Healthy Boundaries When Dealing With Addiction

Medically Reviewed Article from Very Well Mind by Elizabeth Hartney, PhD

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How to Set Healthy Boundaries

According to Elizabeth Hartney, PhD. in the article on Very Well Mind, "It's not uncommon for individuals living with an addiction to have problems with boundaries. For the people who love and care about them, establishing and enforcing healthy boundaries can be a challenge.1 The process can be painful and guilt-inducing. When a person with an addiction is struggling, those closest to them are often willing to allow otherwise problematic behaviors in order to help their loved one find their way. Unfortunately, this often means letting the person "cross the line" when it comes to certain completely inappropriate behaviors."

In her article, Dr. Hartney discusses the common difficulties for boundaries and addiction, and provides principles for setting good boundaries.

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