There is no manual that can prepare us for how to deal with addiction, but it is important to know that there is a fine line between supporting and enabling your loved one who is addicted to drugs or Alcohol. The first instinct that some may have when they see their loved one struggling with addiction is to help shield them from the pain of it.
Many times, they find themselves enabling their loved one’s addiction, which in turn, can keep the addiction going for years. Think about it: if someone suffers from an addiction, but they have loved ones giving them money, letting them live in their home, allowing them to borrow their car or bailing them out of jail, then no real consequences are suffered and the addictive behavior is free to go on.
The most important thing you can ask yourself if you are unsure if you are enabling or supporting is at the end of the day, are you letting your loved one take responsibility for his or her actions?
Will helping him or her allow them to continue drinking or using drugs? Will it keep them from hitting rock bottom? Remember sometimes, allowing them to face their own consequences can push them to seek the help they so desperately need.