|You give, they take . . .|
Sometimes they demand and you give
We were shocked to learn that when we help someone do something they should be doing for themselves there
What's the shock? Of course we resent it!
Actually the shock is --- there is also resentment on the part of the receiver, not that they would ever admit it, because they will take whatever they can get.
How is That?
From our perspective it doesn't make sense that there is also resentment on their part. But, you know what, we have learned that there is little about the workings of an addicted brain that makes sense.
They take --- and they resent you for giving --- for the implication is that they can't do it themselves.
Isn't that what we are saying when we take on their accountability, that the individual can't do it on their own?
Does it mean they can't make it on their own,
OR we think they can't make it on their own,
OR they perceive we think they can't make it on their own?
Resent on both sides.
That is how!
Just This One More Time!
(and again, you know that we are not talking about the responsible family member who may have an occasional emergency arise.)
Maybe I have said this before ... There is a very real tendency for us to say, at least to ourselves, "If I help them just this one time, or one more time, this will be what they need to get them over the hump, started in the right direction."
In our family group meeting, we were shown a segment of an episode of "The Simpsons."
Bart, as usual, has caused problems, and has been sent to bed without supper. He isn't worried.
Time passes and he is getting hungry.
More time passes and all the lights go out.
Now he is worried. His parents have always relented before.
He is hungry!
And he is very worried, realizing that the time appears to have finally come that he is going to have to shape up.
The very next instant, his door opens and his dad sneaks in with a plate of pizza and an admonition of love and "I know you will try to do better..."
Bart thanks his dad profusely and, after the door closes, adds---
We are down to just a couple more "sessions." I hope we are giving you a little insight and a little help.
Until next time please remember, we have been there and we have done that.