Partners of addicted people may have difficulty leaving or setting boundaries because they do not wish to be rejected or hated by their partner.
Topics: co dependency, Family 12-Step, family dysfunction
It’s difficult, perhaps impossible, for them to fully separate the behavior from the person. So in recovery, they may cling to resentments from the distant past.
Topics: co dependency, family dysfunction, maintaining sobriety, promoting recovery
Their targets often know or strongly suspect they’re being manipulated, but give in anyway because they can’t figure out how to avoid it.
Topics: co dependency, enabling and provoking, resistance manipulation ambivalence
It makes us uncomfortable to acknowledge that degree of helplessness.
Topics: co dependency, disease, relapse, treatment
They don’t realize how effectively their actions are undermining their own goal: getting the addict into treatment.
Topics: co dependency, enabling and provoking, intervention
The idea was that the drinker would admit his sins, beg forgiveness, accept punishment, and promise to abstain from that point on.
Topics: alcohol, co dependency, models of addiction
If we have been or are in the addict’s path, we have dealt with having to compromise.
Topics: co dependency, communication, family, promoting recovery
Too often our own hopes, dreams, and aspirations have been shunted aside.
Topics: co dependency, family involvement, maintaining sobriety, promoting recovery
Simple truth: Nobody can watch over another human being 100% of the time.
Topics: co dependency, communication, getting help, parent child conflict
If we do nothing, the alcoholic person will probably wind up, at some point in the progression of addiction, in exactly the circumstances we fear.
Topics: co dependency, intervention, Intervention Series