Thought for the Week

Timothy D. Stein, MFT, CSAT
June 25, 2018

Necessary boundaries change with time in recovery.


As we progress in recovery, our necessary boundaries change.  In early recovery, we may need a flip phone and blocks on our devices.  Later in recovery, it may be important for us to learn to effectively manage temptation and, while we still have sobriety and recovery boundaries, a flip phone and blocks on our devices may actually be counterproductive to our recovery.  At times, our sobriety and recovery boundaries may be rigid and at other times they may be more nuanced. It is important for us to know which we need.


When have rigid boundaries been helpful to me?  When have nuanced boundaries been helpful to me?  What gifts await me as I learn to use both of these types of boundaries appropriately?