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Do you think "tough love" is a good method to assist people with addiction?

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Dr. Robert Kassoff
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally not

Tough love usually does not work as a sole intervention to deal with addiction.
This requires a multifaceted approach in order to have some reasonable chance of success. The part of tough love that involves not giving into all of the unreasonable demands of the addicted person, and protecting yourself and family from the transgressions that an addict may engage in do often seem appropriate.

In brief: Generally not

Tough love usually does not work as a sole intervention to deal with addiction.
This requires a multifaceted approach in order to have some reasonable chance of success. The part of tough love that involves not giving into all of the unreasonable demands of the addicted person, and protecting yourself and family from the transgressions that an addict may engage in do often seem appropriate.
Dr. Robert Kassoff
Dr. Robert Kassoff
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