How to Beat Codependency and Enablement
The key to eliminating and removing these habits is to apply what is called a Tough Love approach to an addict, and to essentially give them a complete disconnection. Consider this rule:
- “The only way an addict will stop abusing drugs and alcohol is when they hit rock bottom.”
With this being the case, the only way an addict ever actually will hit rock bottom is if they no longer have anyone or anything from the outside helping them to go on doing the terrible things that they are doing. To stop and prevent enabling of an addict or being codependent with them, you simply have to completely cut them off. While it is difficult, it is the right method to help them.