Topic: enabling and provoking
About Saying “No”
You may have unintentionally established a pattern of saying things you didn’t really mean, or making promises you didn’t keep, or threatening consequences that never came to pass.
Topics: boundaries, communication, enabling and provoking
Cutting Off the Cash
As we explored their dilemma, the father suddenly had an insight: the money he gave his son, regardless of reason, just wound up in some in some drug dealer’s pocket.
Topics: enabling and provoking
The Advice Trap
There are folks who make the rounds, getting the same advice over and over, and never putting it into action.
Topics: communication, defense mechanisms, enabling and provoking
Denial? Or Delusion?
Topics: defense mechanisms, enabling and provoking
Topics: enabling and provoking, maintaining sobriety
Nurses and doctors experience the same feelings about homeless alcoholics they see in the ER every Saturday night.
Topics: enabling and provoking, opioids, stigma
In the News: The “Affluenza” Case
Our healthcare system supports more and in some cases better treatment based on the ability to pay for it.
Topics: adolescent addiction, DUI/DWI, enabling and provoking, family dysfunction, getting help
Pot and the NFL Draft
A key trait of the addict is a weird ability to function despite the presence of high concentrations of a drug.
Topics: cannabis, consequences, enabling and provoking, recognizing addiction
As if he were proud of it — as if his list of treatment ‘failures’ represented a weird sort of achievement.
Topics: enabling and provoking, maintaining sobriety, relapse
How Easy am I to Manipulate?
Their targets often know or strongly suspect they’re being manipulated, but give in anyway because they can’t figure out how to avoid it.
Topics: co dependency, enabling and provoking, resistance manipulation ambivalence