I lost myself

Lost.lost

How can I support, encourage and understand my loved ones better but not enable or aide them in their addictions? In the past I have enabled and aided my love ones in their addictions all the while thinking I was helping them and in the process I lost myself.

Today I can think about how I am willing to support, encourage and understand. Maybe I can best encourage my loved ones by being kind in the ways I respond to them and by allowing them to make their own decisions and clean up their own messes. Maybe I can learn to understand them better by learning more about addictions and how they affect me and my loved ones.

I can give encouragement and understanding in ways that I am willing and able to. When I set boundaries itĀ helps me give in ways that I will not lose myself. I can give in ways that I can provide, not in ways that my loved ones want me to.