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Definition of Enabling

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Updated February 04, 2009

Definition: Enabling refers to the process by which family members, such as partners, parent and children, "enable" an addicted person to continue in their addiction, by failing to set appropriate boundaries, failing to recognize the problem, providing money etc.
Pronunciation: en-AY-bul-ling
Also Known As: Co-dependence
Examples:
Elaine's tolerance of John's drunken rages enabled him to continue with his alcoholism.

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