One of the areas that families of substance users have difficulty with is in setting boundaries that are effective and manageable.
- Defining the boundary and consequences that everyone agrees on and can live with.
- Setting the boundary and communicating the understanding of all parties.
- Keeping the boundary.
- They encourage the drug user to take more responsibility for their behaviour.
- They help the drug user become aware that their behaviour impacts on those around them.
- They model a healthy and safe way for people to co-exist, even when there are difficulties.
- They help the whole family to minimise the harm and negative impact of substance use and the attendant behaviours.
- They help break down the negative roles that members get stuck in i.e. mothers rescuing users, users relying on others to accommodate them, fathers getting angry etc.