We all have them - high maintenance friends, always in the throws of some kind of trauma that draw you in so you become involved, giving them help and support. You will always help people out if you can, that's the sort of person you are.
That is so true for my parents, my mother especially. Playing the victim card is essentially playing to someone’s guilt. Toxic people like narcissists and sociopath use emotional blackmail and manipulation to control their targets.