How Can You Help?
Most enabling behaviors come from a place of genuine concern. If you have watched a loved one struggle with drug addiction for any period of time, you have probably grown concerned for their safety and well-being. You might think that if you stop offering financial support, legal assistance, emotional support, food and shelter, they might be in more harm. You might ration that letting them engage in drug abuse in your home is better than having them out in the world with no one to look out for them. You might have a false sense of control that if they are under your watchful eye, they are protected. It’s scary to set and maintain boundaries with someone you care about deeply, especially if this person is in the grips of a potentially life-threatening addiction. Allowing the behavior to go on, however, does nothing to promote recovery and may shield an individual from experiencing the lows that could motivate change.
At Guardian IOP we also stand by the idea that treatment does not have to be entirely voluntary in order to be effective. If your loved one is struggling with an addictive disorder that could lead to serious health related consequences or fatality, staging a professional intervention might be a good idea. If you are interested in staging an intervention we are happy to put you in touch with a professional and experienced interventionist.