Nurses and doctors experience the same feelings about homeless alcoholics they see in the ER every Saturday night.
Our healthcare system supports more and in some cases better treatment based on the ability to pay for it.
A key trait of the addict is a weird ability to function despite the presence of high concentrations of a drug.
As if he were proud of it — as if his list of treatment ‘failures’ represented a weird sort of achievement.
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.
Many good interveners—including some excellent professional intervention counselors—started out as primary enablers.
The same people whose “enabling” actions allow the disease to flourish— and who may feel helpless to confront it— are the ones who can be most effective as interveners.
They don’t realize how effectively their actions are undermining their own goal: getting the addict into treatment.
It’s often difficult for family members to see the real extent and nature of the damage addiction has caused to themselves and the family.