Establishing Values, Boundaries, and Emotional Sobriety
At GraceWay Recovery Residence, we understand that establishing sobriety is just the first step in the recovery journey. To truly succeed in recovery, individuals need to learn and practice new life skills that will help them to rebuild their lives and achieve their goals. That is why we focus on several aspects of life skills to help our residents embark upon a lifetime of recovery.
One of the key life skills that we focus on at GraceWay is identifying values. We understand that addiction can cause individuals to act and behave outside the bounds of their value system. This can lead to a sense of self-loathing, insecurity, and dissatisfaction with life. That is why we place a strong emphasis on helping our residents to reconnect with their most cherished values. Our staff works closely with our residents to identify their core values and how they align with their recovery goals. This process helps them to develop a clear understanding of what is important to them and what they are working towards in their recovery journey. By reconnecting with their values, our residents are able to make healthier choices and set more realistic goals for themselves.
Exhibiting genuine concern for others, demonstrating empathy, and accepting responsibility for mistakes are key indicators of progress in this life skill. As recovery progresses, our residents begin to correlate their renewed values with the changed behaviors they observe in themselves. This is a burgeoning development in self-awareness and often a very exciting period in our residents journey through our program. As self-esteem returns, and confidence begins to flourish, our residents begin to foster a deeper appreciation for their values. They start to see how their renewed values can positively impact their lives, and they develop a sense of hope for all that lies ahead. This sense of hope and purpose is a powerful motivator for staying sober and rebuilding a fulfilling life in recovery.
Another important life skill that we focus on is communication skills. Effective communication is crucial for building and maintaining healthy relationships, both with oneself and with others. We work with our residents to help them develop their communication skills and to learn how to express themselves in a clear and respectful manner.
Establishing boundaries is an essential life skill in recovery. Boundaries are important for maintaining physical, emotional and mental well-being, and they are crucial for protecting oneself from potential triggers and negative influences. We work with our residents to help them establish healthy boundaries and to learn how to communicate them effectively.
Once an individual reaches physical sobriety, emotional sobriety becomes a life-long goal to be striven for and worked for. Emotional sobriety, or emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage one’s emotions, which is essential in maintaining emotional well-being and for making healthy decisions.
At GraceWay, we understand that persons who suffer with addiction often find it difficult to communicate their needs, feelings, and ideas with clarity. This can lead to confusion, frustration, and even hostility in relationships. That is why we focus on helping our residents to build resilience in the face of honest, and sometimes, uncomfortable communication.
Many of our residents have a long history of trying to rid themselves of negative feelings as soon as they arise, often turning to substances for escape. To combat this practice, we blend the ability to communicate with the ability to listen and convey emotions. We create an environment where our residents are allowed to accept criticism from others in an emotionally balanced way, and this sets the stage for deeper self-awareness and clarity. As this skill develops, and our residents become more self-aware, we then offer them an opportunity to create a deeper relationship with accountability. Encouraged to deliver constructive criticism to others in a format that promotes neutrality, respect, and objectivity, our residents begin to gain confidence in their own integrity. They learn how to communicate in a clear, concise, and authentic way, even when it’s uncomfortable.