Empathy Isn’t Enabling

Empathy for the alcoholic or addict who still suffers is not enabling. Often it is exactly what we need to finally grasp we are not alone, whether homeless on the Bowery or lit up by the paparazzi on Rodeo Drive. Hope is birthed from empathy. Then anything is still possible.


William Moyers is the vice president of public affairs and community relations for the Hazelden Foundation and the author of “Broken,” his best-selling memoirs.