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What Enabling an Addict Looks Like

What Enabling an Addict Looks LikeEnabling is defined as “to supply with the means, knowledge, or opportunity to be or do something; to make feasible or possible.” Some actions may appear helpful and loving, but with addiction enabling hinders and prevents recovery. Take action today to stop enabling a Boise loved one and to encourage treatment.

What Do Enablers in Boise Do?

When you enable a Boise drug addict, you are, in effect, allowing the addict to abuse a substance without consequences. Without consequences for addictive behaviors, addicts do not take responsibility and have no reason to quit taking drugs. Enablers may take any of the following actions:

  • Bailing users out of jail
  • Not discussing the addiction
  • Accepting excuses for addiction or believing lies
  • Making excuses for addicts
  • Assuming an addict’s responsibilities: cleaning up after them, paying their bills, doing their laundry, etc.
  • Denying or rationalizing irresponsible behaviors
  • Ignoring the problems caused by the addict’s use ( financial, employment, legal)
  • Not getting help for themselves

While enablers believe that they are keeping addicts safe, they overlook that they may help the addict ignore responsibility. For Boise drug addicts to get clean, they must see that their addictions are not worth the consequences.

How Enabling Drug Addiction Affects Boise Residents

Enabling an addict may not help the drug user, but you may wonder if it at all helps the enabler. Boise enablers also suffer from their behaviors and may experience any of the following problems:

  • Discouragement that their actions do not yield the desired results
  • Anger or resentment toward the addicts failing to improve
  • Feelings of self-pity, low self-esteem and confusion
  • Obsessive behaviors with people other than the addict which can lead to social distance
  • Physical burnout, stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, insomnia and fluctuations in weight
  • Emotional angst based on fear, insecurity and mistrust, depression or anxiety

If Boise residents think they are not affected by their enabling behaviors, they should think again.

How to Stop Enabling Drug Addiction in Boise

Knowing that it is easier said than done, here are some ideas to help you stop enabling an addict:

  • Stop making excuses
  • Refuse to lie
  • Do not take care of the addict’s responsibilities
  • Do not bail her out of jail
  • Go to a movie, take a walk, read a good book or go to a support group meeting
  • Do not make threats you are unwilling to back up
  • Find a support system

With the right help, Boise residents can help their loved ones and quit enabling addiction.

Boise Addiction Help

If you are unsure about how to stop enabling, speak to a professional interventionist to learn more. Even if you decide not to hold an intervention, an interventionist can give you insight into your behaviors. Keep in mind that an intervention helps many addicts. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy and we can help. Please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about enabling. We are here to help.