It can be hard when a loved one is struggling with addiction.

When someone is struggling, you will most likely feel a strong urge to help them in any way you can. However, it is important to understand how you can help or potentially enable your loved one.

In layman’s terms, enabling is doing things for your loved one that allows them to continue with their addiction without experiencing the consequences of their actions. When you help a loved one, you are acting as a kind of guide so that they can work their way toward recovery.

This post will go over some common enabling behaviors and how you can replace them with more supportive actions so that your loved one can have a higher chance of reaching sobriety.

Read on to learn more!

enabling vs. helping with addiction

What Are Some Examples of Enabling Actions?

A big enabling factor is making excuses. Does your addicted loved one tend to fail in maintaining their responsibilities? Do you find yourself cleaning up the messes they cause?

Let’s say that your loved one is always late to work and never attends family gatherings. You start to lie and make excuses for their negative behavior in an effort to cover up their substance abuse. At the moment, this may seem like you are taking control of the situation, but really you are enabling your loved one’s addiction by preventing them from facing the consequences of their actions.

The second enabling factor is ignoring the signs of addiction. Many addicts like to use their substances behind closed d