“Enabling” is a term that is often used when working with families who have a loved one in active addiction or beginning their road to recovery. It is human nature to not want to see a loved one struggle, but holding the addict accountable for their actions and providing consequences is necessary to help them set themselves on the right path. As clinicians, this can be a challenging concept for our clients to adopt and apply to their relationship with their loved ones. This workshop will help identify what enabling behaviors look like and how we can move our clients toward positive change that will not only benefit their own self-care, but their loved one’s ongoing recovery.
1. Define and Distinguish Enabling Behaviors in clients and ourselves as clinicians
2. Understand the complex root of enabling behaviors & their impact on our self, clients and peers
3. Discuss methods of change and the resources for support during the change process