Self-Disclosure: Decide What’s off Limits Copy

For you and the persons you serve, it is a choice whether or not to divulge your recovery story. People participate in healing in different ways, and telling one’s story is NOT a requirement of healing. Perhaps the story is too painful to revisit or there are cultural constraints on self-disclosure. Some people may want to explore their stories internally without sharing them, needing to maintain some space around personal events that might feel too big for words. For trauma survivors, their traumatic experiences may have been so extreme that remembering has worse consequences than forgetting.

Keep a commitment to yourself not to disclose more than you are comfortable with. Be armed with phrases such as “That is more than I am willing to share” or “I believe you have enough understanding without talking about ______.” This will help protect you should questions arise that you are not comfortable answering.

If you do say more than you intended to, take care of yourself. It can feel very vulnerable or embarrassing. Take note and reassess your boundaries. It’s also fine to experiment with these limits – you’ll discover your boundaries by going over them sometimes!

Module 3 Activity: Recovery Story Statements

Instructions: Click the box below to begin Module 3 Activity: Recovery Story Statements.