The Enabler: When Helping Hurts the Ones You Love by Angelyn MillerCo-dependency-of which enabling is a major element-can and does exist in families where there is no chemical dependency. Angelyn Millers own experience is a dramatic example: neither she nor her husband drank, yet her family was floundering in that same dynamic. In spite of her best efforts to fix everything (and everyone), the turmoil continued until she discovered that helping wasnt helping. Miller recounts how she learned to alter the way she responded to family crises and general neediness, forever breaking the cycle of co-dependency. Offering insights, practical techniques, and hope, she shows us how we can transform enabling relationships into healthy ones.
6 Signs You -- Yes, You -- Are The Enabler In A Toxic Relationship
It is a label that can result in a great deal of anxiety and guilt for anyone who has been accused of being, or suspects that they may be, an enabler. In its original context, enabling refers to a pattern within the families of people addicted to alcohol and drugs , wherein the family members excuse, justify, ignore, deny, and smooth over the addiction. This notoriously allows the addicted person to avoid facing the full consequences of his or her addiction, and the addiction is able to continue. In a wider sense, enabling can describe a pattern of behavior that becomes organized among the family and friends of not just an addicted person, but any person who is exhibiting poor choices that harm themselves or others and for which they are not being held responsible. Who are enablers? Enablers can be romantic partners, ex-partners, parents, adult children, siblings, or friends.
When someone has a drug or alcohol problem, it profoundly impacts the lives of those around them. Addiction has a special way of weaving chaos and dysfunction into the lives of everyone it comes into contact with — including unsuspecting friends and family members. Bewildered loved ones can easily get caught up in enabling behavior when they care about an addicted person. Even employers and coworkers can become enablers. Being in a relationship with someone who has a substance abuse problem definitely has its ups and downs.
In a healthy relationship, partners support one another but are perfectly capable of leading their own lives. In a codependent relationship , an enabler constantly comes to the rescue of his or her partner and consequently encourages negative or unhealthy behavior. No one tends to see themselves as the enabler in a relationship. Most would rather see themselves as a natural-born caretaker or simply a supportive spouse. In a codependent relationship, the enabler focuses on the feelings and needs of the other partner, usually at the expense of their own, said Andrea Wachter , a marriage and family therapist in Northern California.
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What a relationship with an enabler looks like
Enabling comes in many different forms, and it reaches far beyond the confines of substance abuse. The truth is, romantic relationships can be a breeding ground for enabling bad behavior. - Enabling is a term often used in the context of a relationship with an addict.
Sandra C. Anderson, Ph. Shawn Meghan Burn, Ph. People with a predisposition to be a codependent enabler often find themselves in relationships where their primary role is that of rescuer, supporter, and confidante. These helper types are often dependent on the other person's poor functioning to satisfy their own emotional needs. Codependent relationships are where one person supports or enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. Among the core characteristics of codependency, the most common theme is an excessive reliance on other people for approval and identity.