Tough Love: Enabling Parents of Addicts/Alcoholics
From my perspective of once being in the position of trying to manipulate, making excuses or lie to prolong getting the help I knew I needed. To also witnessing this happening when adult children lie, manipulate and make every excuse as to why they are now ”cured” and don’t need any help or counselling. It breaks my heart seeing these “kids” convince their parents to rescue them again or “bail” them out of rehab. Tough love is sometimes neccesary. Many of these parents have spent a lot of emotional and financial effort to give their child a chance at getting professional help and are trying to save their children’s lives.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Is your child acting like they are entitled to things or your money, or demanding things?
- Do you feel like you are living from crisis to crisis with your child?
- Are you sacrificing too much while your child takes no responsibility?