Many situations that involve a drug or alcohol addiction, a loved one is enabling the addiction.
Before one can understand how they are enabling an addict, they must understand what it means.
Enabling an addiction occurs when loved ones try to “help” an addict, when in actuality they are not helping at all.
The enabler takes away any consequences from the addict’s behavior, these consequences are crucial because they may drive the addict to want to change.
In other words an addict is able to get away with anything because there is always someone there to clean up their mess.
Who Enables an Addiction?
Many people assume that only a close family member or friend can enable an addiction.