5 Ways to Stop Enabling Your Loved One

Is your loved one struggling with an addiction? If so, you may be concerned that your behaviors are enabling them to continue their addiction. Here are a few behaviors to be aware of:

1) Money: Often times we may give your loved one money whenever they ask, you may be enabling them. Be very specific about what you are willing to pay for, and stick to your plan.

2) Substances: Do not allow them to use substances in your home and refuse to spend time with them while they are using substances.

3) Speaking with Others: Do not “cover up” for them with others. Be honest about what is happening or say that you are not comfortable discussing it.

4) Making it Normal: Do not normalize their addiction. It is true that many people suffer with addiction but that does not mean it is something “normal” that should be ignored.

5) Professional Help: Do not try to be their therapist or physician. Addiction is a complicated problem and in most cases requires some professional intervention. Help them get help!

I hope this information is helpful. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, we are here to help! Please call us at 919-636-5240 for a consultation.

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Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD. With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board-certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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