Enabling, a/k/a co-dependency, an addict is a harmful form of behavior because it hinders them from facing up to their addiction. Providing shelter and food, giving them money and anything that they should provide for themselves enables an addict to sustain their addiction. In the first-half of the book, there is medical information concerning the problems of addiction to help an enabler to understand the physical and emotional aspects of an addiction. In the last--half of the book, there are "true" stories that alternate from the point of view of an addict then the pov of an enabler. Enablers are usually kindhearted people and mean well. However, helping an addict enables them to spiral further down into their addiction.