Enabling has been described as a form of codependency you create with your loved one who is addicted. By dictionary definition, enabling is giving someone the authority to do something or to make something operational. When you enable a loved one’s addiction, you are not setting clear boundaries, enforcing clear consequences, and most often, you are not taking care of yourself. As a result, you are giving your loved one authority to continue their addiction as well as their addictive behaviors. In addition, you are making it possible for them to continue acting on their addiction.
You have the best intentions with your enabling. You want to protect your loved one as much as possible, even if that means they continue using drugs and alcohol. You want to keep your loved one around, even if they are dependent on you. At least you know they are in your care and nearby. Codependency and enabling in addiction can be dangerous when they continue to encourage the use of drugs and alcohol. If you think you might be enabling your loved one’s addiction, you might identify with some of these signs:
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