When Do You Give Up On Someone?

United States
September 23, 2017 8:41am CST
As a recovering Compulsive Gambler I know that there comes a tome when you give up on helping someone. My question is when would you give up on a person? Here are three different relationships to consider. 1. A spouse, child or other family member. 2. A close friend. 3, A person who asked for help in one of the groups you are a part of. How long do you provide support for any person when they keep going back? How long do you hold out hope? I ask these questions to get some impartial input. Later today I will write my answer to the question and see what people think of it.
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@snowy22315 (54142)
• United States
23 Sep 17
I think you never give up on the people you care about but sometimes you have to realize the kind of help you have to provide may not be what the person needs.
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@sharon6345 (141605)
• United States
23 Sep 17
I never want to give up on my child. But I can give up on all others. If I now a friend is with an abuser and won't leave. I won't help her. In this day and age with domestic shelters, I would leave that person alone. I would leave a family member too if they would except such behavior. but my child i have to hold out as much hope as possible.
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• United States
23 Sep 17
@sharon6345 I agree with the child. I held out hope for my oldest son and helped him get clean from Robitussin. I still hold out hope for my youngest son.
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@sharon6345 (141605)
• United States
23 Sep 17
@Berniezeitler Always and forever with my child. not anyone else.
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@Corbin5 (119113)
• United States
23 Sep 17
If one does not allow a person to hit rock bottom, that person will not recover. Enabling an addict never works. Making a person dependent upon others does them no favors.
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@weevee18 (527)
23 Sep 17
I think for as long as I care. As long as I feel that I can still help and that other party is accepting it. Maybe I'd stop if they don't want my help anymore
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• United States
23 Sep 17
I would not be able to help anyone else..not capable of it now at this point in my life..they would be on their own with that.
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