Are You Enabling Addiction?
When your loved one is struggling with a debilitating disease like addiction, it can be easier to try to fix their troubles or pretend the problem does not exist. However, enabling a friend or relative is not the same as helping them, and could even cause their addiction to spiral further out of control.
- Making excuses for them.
- Helping them with their expenses, such as rent, meals, and gas.
- Accepting their lies or excuses.
- Giving them a place to live.
- Pretending the addiction does not exist or is not causing harm.
- Tending to their needs more than your own.
- Holding your loved one accountable for their actions.
- Setting boundaries and letting go.
- Discussing how their addiction has impacted others.
- Helping them find the right treatment program.
- Accepting that addiction is a disease.
- Practicing self-care and engaging in your own recovery.