Enabling – What it is and how to stop
December 30, 2016

What is Enabling

Enabling can be extremely dangerous for everyone involved, the individual addicted to drugs or alcohol and their loved ones. Enabling discourages users from addressing their problems with professional help and can lead to situations which cause physical, mental, and psychological harm.

According to a 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health more than 23 million individuals were in need of treatment for a substance abuse problem. Out of these people only 2.5 million of them received treatment. Additionally, 19.5 million of them reported that they saw no need to seek help. This report suggests a couple of things, the first being that addiction is a serious problem in the U.S., but also that a great deal of individuals are in denial about the severity of their substance abuse.  

Identifying Enabling

Enabling can be difficult to identify. Often family and friends of a person with a substance abuse problem are looking to help and could be enabling without even realizing it. Below is a list of signs of enabling to be on the lookout for.

If you find any of these above tips apply to your current situation and are looking to break the cycle of enabling, there are ways to stop.

At A New Start, Inc., we believe that addiction is a family disease. Addiction not only impacts the life of the addict, but it also impacts the lives of family, loved ones, and friends. This is why we feel it is so important to include family in the treatment process, given the patient’s permission, to provide a supportive and healing environment for both the patient and their family.

If you or a loved one are suffering with addiction and are ready to find help, don’t hesitate to call us today at 1.844.TALK.ANS. The dedicated team at A New Start, Inc. is here to help provide the addiction treatment needed to begin the path to recovery.

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