As its art, best to start there. One of the reasons I enjoy your stylistic approach is that you do not make an animal head on a human body covered in fur with some creative license around the legs. In most cases there is more of a melding of the two forms, however in this one I see either coloration or stylistic changes which appear to have a touch more confusion in the torso area, maybe a nudge more towards human then usual but not quite refined (could be evolution of your forms, could be you had other crap on your mind). The forpaws proportion also just seems slightly off, but in comparison to the hind, I cant say it is... may be the position or clenched nature. Otherwise, your textures and facial, legs, tail, etc.. again on point as usual.
Content wise, what is confusing me is the intermingle of broken and bound. A 'self imposed' binding? External binding not yet completed? with the legs and arms all bound, it raises how the other bonds were broken... the story there is incomplete in my mind, making me ask additional questions which are not answered in the image.
Stepping away from the image itself and more to the story presented and context given from that. We all have our self imposed "chains", our societal, social, professional constraints which we rage against while always being the keeper of the key, or in reality they are simply 'ornamental' if you will. The itching under the skin waiting to break free which we must refuse less it consume us in a bite (much like Fenrir) with that neurotic fear that we may loose ourselves in that moment, never to be allowed back again. But enough philosophizing introspectively *grins*.
As for the external complications, I hope that you have been able to bind the situation and have moved from strictly defense to more of a detente. Flipping to an offensive posture being a last resort as it can open flanks which could have unexpected impacts. But it can also serve (as it sounds like it has) as a lesson. Trust is a fragile thing. Our own biases can often cloud our expectations of others, but it can serve to better understand our closest circles and forge stronger relationships while allowing us to also address wounds by others to better understand them, if nothing else. More scars otherwise, I just hope that you are able to transmutate it into something which strengths you, while not altering your core.
Thank you for a 'thought provoking' piece of art, it can help drive reflection and outlet for review by you at a later date (always interesting in my experience to review what one did before, why and what can be applied now from it). I could ramble a while longer, but I think what I felt the need to articulate is here.