The fallout from an addiction, for addicts and the people who love them, is devastating – the manipulations, the guilt, the destruction of relationships and the breakage of people.
When addicts know they are loved by someone who is invested in them, they immediately have fuel for their addiction.
While 11 per cent of single men said they had no friends to turn to in a serious situation, that rose to 15 per cent among married men.
When the results are broken down by age it suggests men have fewer close friendships as they get older, with only seven per cent of those under 24 saying there were no friends with whom they would discuss a serious topic but 19 per cent of over-55s.
The relationships and the world around you will start to break, and you’ll cut yourself on the jagged pieces.
That’s when you’ll know, from the deepest and purest part of you, that you just can’t live like this any more.
You might stop liking them, but you don’t stop loving them.
If you’re waiting for the addict to stop the insanity – the guilt trips, the lying, the manipulation – it’s not going to happen.