7 Signs that You’re Enabling an Addict

Substance abuse and addiction is a serious problem for many people. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that, in the year before the survey, more than 23 million people needed treatment for a substance abuse problem. However, out of these people, only 2.5 million of them received treatment; additionally, 19.5 million of them reported that they saw no need to seek help. These figures suggest that, not only are drug abuse and addiction serious problems in the US, but also that many people are in denial about the severity of their substance abuse. The reasons behind this denial are complex, but one common reason is enabling, which means that someone implicitly accepts the substance abuse, and allows it to continue with relatively few problems. Enabling can be extremely dangerous, both for drug user and his loved ones. Since enabling discourages users from addressing their problem with professional help, it can lead to situations that cause physical, mental and psychological harm. Morteza and Karen Khaleghi list several clear signs that someone is enabling an addict: Ignoring the addict’s negative or potentially dangerous behavior – This behavior can involve anything from overlooking problems to denying that a problem … Continue reading 7 Signs that You’re Enabling an Addict