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Does tough love work with addiction?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
When done correctly: Any aid (help with rent or food) frees up resources to use drugs so that any help without demanding changes is "enabling" however, the amount of change we can expect will vary with a person's financial, cognitive and psychological resources and change may need to be in a stepwise fashion. Use common sense or access professional help or organizations for family members to negotiate how to proceed.
Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 49 years experience
Not by Itself: Addiction problems generally respond best when a multi-faceted approch is used. Kicking a family member out of your home will not cure their addiction. Use community resources-don't try to do it by yourself.

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