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Parents hurt their children unknowingly when they enable their behavior as it relates to substance abuse. Enabling an addict is actually hurting them, but it’s important to get an understanding of exactly what enabling looks like. Enabling is any behavior that keeps the addiction going.

After working within the recovery field for over a decade, and an addict myself, I have spent countless hours with concerned parents. Rightfully so, alcohol and drug addiction is a devastating disease. No parent is excited to address their child’s addiction and some aren’t ready to either.

We all want to see our loved ones be successful, happy and achieve their goals. This is never more powerful then a parents desire for their children. Who wouldn’t do almost anything to see their child grow into an emotionally well-adjusted adult? Just about every parent I’ve worked with has only the best of intentions for their kids yet many of them are actually setting them up for a harder life as a result of family dynamics and enabling.

We send our children to school thinking they will be safe from drug and alcohol exposure; unfortunately this is not always the case. Often times, school is where children are experimenting for the first time, buying drugs and making plans to party later.

You have just gone through the battle of fighting active addiction and your kid has decided to get clean and sober. We have compiled a list from various parents of the top ten ways they were able to support their child’s recovery.