Many family members of alcoholics will do anything to help out. Offering a place to stay or loaning money are a few examples of the ways loving families try to show support. But when is the line from supporting to enabling crossed?
A loved one finally getting sober can be an exciting time for a family that has watched them struggle again and again trying to put their life together. So much so, that parents can be more eager than their children at times, for everything to get ‘back to normal’.
“Alcoholism and addiction is a family disease”, is a saying that I heard of years ago but didn’t understand what meant, until my family was directly affected by it. Alcoholism as I understand it, is a progressive disease that affects the drinker’s physical as well as their mental well being.