Often, family and friends think that they are supporting their loved one when, in fact, they are enabling their addiction. If you have done any of the following, chances are you may be enabling your loved one’s addiction:
- Believing their lies and making excuses for the addicted person.
- Giving them money.
- Bailing your loved one out of trouble.
- Ignoring the abuse and its consequences altogether.
- Allowing the addicted person to live at home without any rules or responsibilities.
Enabling an addiction is not helping. It is hurting everyone involved. So what’s the alternative?
Letting go and understanding that you aren’t responsible for their addiction. And learn to practice self-care so you can truly be there for your loved one when they are ready to enter treatment.