Our expert says:
Rescuing is not typical of an 'addictive personality', it's more typical of the co-dependent.
Rescuers are also known as enablers. These are the people who usually enable addicts to continue their addiction.
Enabling or rescuing behaviour is when someone close to the addict or alcoholic steps in and tries to rescue the user by making excuses for the substance abuser’s lifestyle or by cleaning up the mess that the substance abuser creates or leaves behind.
Also, the enabler finds themselves working harder to fix or rescue the addict than the addict does in stopping their drug seeking behavior and use.
The mistake many family members make is that they try to make their family member’s drug problem their problem.
However, the substance abuser will continue to abuse alcohol or other drugs and will gladly and more than willingly give you their problem.
Sadly, family members turn on themselves and create chaos directed at one another instead of dealing with the issue of substance abuse and addiction and the out of control behavior by the family member who is abusing substances.
Yes, substance abuse impacts the lives of family members, but you cannot rescue, save, or take away the problem from a person who is addicted to alcohol or other drugs.
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