Around 23.5 million Americans struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, a number equivalent to the population of Texas. With so many individuals struggling with addiction, there is an untold number of family members and friends who also suffer from the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.
Unfortunately, drug abuse and addiction are highly stigmatized. When family and friends are confronted with the addiction of a loved one, it can be overwhelming. It’s all-too-easy for family and friends of addicts to deny, blame, cover up, and otherwise enable and excuse the family member’s behavior. The following article will explore what it means to enable a drug abuser, and how family members can recognize these behaviors and stop engaging in them.