Supporting vs. Enabling a Recovering Addict

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When a loved one is struggling with a drug addiction, it is natural that we want to reach out and help. However, there is a risk that our support can go too far and we end up enabling their addiction. Whether they are an addict or in recovery, it is important to understand the difference between supporting and enabling a person.

Family or friend support for an addict or recovering addict is one of the most powerful tools they have in overcoming their battle. It is perfectly right to be there for them, but it is important to ask yourself if you are in enabling their addiction more than supporting their recovery.

In this blog post, we will look at the difference between enabling and supporting an addict or recovering addict. We will also look at three ways in which you could be enabling a loved one.

What Is Enabling?

Also known as empowering, enabling typically refers to a person whose behavior only serves to allow an addict to continue their damaging patterns of behavior. Many people are not intentionally enabling a loved one; they do not realize the impact their actions could be having.

What Is Supporting?

Helping someone in their battle against addiction means supporting positive choices that leads to their recovery and wellness. Supporting a person refers to doing the things that an addict is incapable of doing in order to help them regain control of their life after rehab.

How to Avoid Being an Enabler?

If you believe that you may be enabling an addict or recovery addict, your actions may be doing more harm than good. Here are three ways to avoid enabling a loved one.

Don’t Take Over Responsibilities

Don’t do the everyday tasks and chores a person can do for themselves. In recovery, an individual should seek to take back control of their life and their own responsibilities.

Don’t Make Excuses for Their Behavior

This can be done subconsciously, generally out of love for the individual. However, making excuses for their behavior only serves to support their addiction or increases their chances of relapse.

Don’t Loan Them Money

The same goes for helping them with legal trouble. Your loved one needs to take responsibility for their actions. By providing them with cash, you could simply be facilitating their next drug session.

It is important to set boundaries in what you are willing to do for them, in order to be truly supportive in their recovery.

Set Boundaries When Supporting a Recovering Addict

The differences between enabling and supporting an addict or recovering addict can sometimes be blurred. Always ask yourself if your actions are truly in their best interest as they work to overcome their addiction. Properly supporting a loved one is an essential way for them to overcome their addiction.

For quality drug addiction treatment programs, choose Pathways Florida Treatment and Recovery Center. Contact our team today and learn about how we can help you or a loved one overcome their drug addiction.