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If you have begun to work on your mental health issues, addiction, or recovery, then having healthy relationships and friendships is very important. Everyone needs to be surrounded by people who are supportive, positive, and regard others as equals.

Many people find that feeling like they belong in a group or community helps the recovery process along with overall well-being. You may be wondering whether the relationships in your life are healthy and good for you. Sometimes this can be tricky because even relationships you have been in for many years can be toxic and unhealthy.

If you have begun to analyze your relationships more deeply, here are a few signs that can indicate a healthy friendship.

Shows Support

Healthy relationships lend support to each other. If one person is struggling, the other should be trying to show support in some way.

Gives Space

Almost everyone needs space sometimes. A healthy relationship is one that has both independence and unity. Each member of the friendship should be willing and able to give space when their friend needs or wants it.

Maintains Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries are crucial for those in recovery. People in a healthy friendship or relationship will respect any boundaries that are set in place. If you are in a healthy friendship, your friend will want you to stay healthy and safe. That means that your friend will want to adhere to any boundaries that you have established to aid you in your recovery.

Includes Give-and-Take

Healthy relationships include both give and take. If you are in a relationship where the other person seems to take constantly, and you are not getting much support in return, it may be time to take a closer look at that relationship.

Is Judgment-Free

A healthy relationship will remain judgment-free. If you feel embarrassed, judged, or looked down upon, you may need to examine your relationship and think about why you feel that way.

Surrounding yourself with healthy relationships is essential as you work through recovery. Everyone needs to feel supported and loved. A healthy relationship will have both give-and-take, be judgment-free, and give space when needed. Mental health issues are complex, and sometimes it can be challenging to fully understand how a relationship affects you. Here at The Guest House, we help people better understand their mental health and the different factors that can affect it. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.