How Enabling Behaviors Hurt the Entire Family

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When a loved one is facing addiction, it’s natural to want to provide as much support as possible. However, this support can unintentionally turn into enabling behavior, often without realizing it. Enabling behavior is complex and can masquerade as support, love, or care. Within the context of addiction, it can have detrimental effects on both the person struggling with substance use and their family. Enabling can hinder recovery and extend the suffering for everyone involved. This article explores the concept of enabling, the signs to identify it, its harmful impact on both the individual and their family, and strategies to break the enabling cycle.

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