No one intends for Opioid Use Disorder to happen.

Supporting someone who misuses opioids can put a strain on your relationship. It is difficult to feel powerless as you witness their self-destructive decisions. Managing addiction is a lot of work. But with hope, healing, and connection, it is possible to find hope again.

For those affected by Opioid Use Disorder, help can mean hope.

Loving someone with an opioid dependence (or Opioid Use Disorder) can make it hard to keep from doing things for them that you think are helpful and caring. Sometimes those acts of love are actually harming their journey.1

Know the difference

Enabling means offering help that perpetuates rather than solves the problem. In fact, it can make the situation worse.1 It can be hard to recognize which behaviours fall into this category. Here are some tips.

Get support

You don’t have to deal with your loved one’s problem in isolation. Addiction counselling and support groups are not just for the person struggling with opioid dependence, also known as Opioid Use Disorder. The more you learn about your loved one’s struggle with opioid dependence the better equipped you’ll be to help them. Here are some support groups:*

* This is not an endorsement, simply a sharing of information and services that may prove useful.

How to Recognize if You Are Enabling1

Ask yourself these questions and think about whether you are enabling someone’s opioid dependence.

Talk to a counsellor for advice on how to help someone with an opioid dependence without enabling them.

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