If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to make an appointment right away, talk to your group leader before/after a group session, or bring them up in your support or step group.
Topics: challenges and obstacles, defense mechanisms, emotional issues, enabling, maintaining sobriety, outpatient treatment, provoking, Recovery Tools, relapse, signs and symptoms, tools for recovery, treatment
Scott McMillin, Recovery Systems Institute Principal, discusses the barriers that keep an addict or alcoholic from seeking help. Learning new ways to communicate can allow a caring family member, friend, or professional to motivate them to get the help they need.
The first step in knowing how to deal with alcoholic husband, wife, or other person we love is understanding the facts about alcohol abuse and the reasons alcoholics resist help.
Where real support is the result of caring, enabling usually springs from guilt, fear, or a misplaced sense of responsibility for someone else.
A primary enabler is someone whose well-established pattern of enabling permits the alcoholic or addict to continue drinking or drug use.
We can’t control the alcoholic/ addict, but we’re not powerless. Some things we can do (and stop doing) to help them listen to something besides the addiction…