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Offline ?Impact

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Addicts have specific behaviors and enabling and addict is known to prolong an addiction. This is an accepted fact among addiction professionals.

Here is what the Betty Ford clinic has to say about enabling:

Enabling behavior:
  • Protects the addict from the natural consequences of his behavior
  • Keeps secrets about the addict's behavior from others in order to keep peace
  • Makes excuses for the addict's behavior (with teachers, friends, legal authorities, employers, and other family members)
  • Bails the addict out of trouble (pays debts, fixes tickets, hires lawyers, and provides jobs)
  • Blames others for the addicted person's behaviors (friends, teachers, employers, family, and self)
  • Sees "the problem" as the result of something else (shyness, adolescence, loneliness, broken home, ADHD, or another illness)
  • Avoids the addict in order to keep peace (out of sight, out of mind)
  • Gives money that is undeserved or unearned
  • Attempts to control that which is not within the enabler's ability to control (plans activities, chooses friends, and gets jobs)
  • Makes threats that have no follow-through or consistency
  • "Care takes" the addicted person by doing what she is expected to do for herself

Only the first of those enabling behaviors could partially be considered to come from SISs, in so far as we are protecting he addict from AIDs and/or death. I think that is a worthwhile compromise.
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