ARE YOU CODEPENDENT?
What is Codependency?
What is Codependency?
The definition of codependency is, an excessive emotional or psychological dependence on others. The truth is that as humans, we are all dependent on each other in certain ways. Think about it, families wouldn't be able to function without working together and supporting each other. But what happens when our dependency on others becomes unhealthy? And what happens when one of the individuals involved is suffering from a substance use disorder?
Well the answer to this is different for every person. But truthfully, codependency affects people in many different ways - all of which are negative. The difficult part is that some codependent behaviors can seem like good and healthy ones.
Some try to meet every demand that the addicted loved one has, only to find that they are in the same unhealthy cycle over and over again. As you can imagine, things can quickly become very toxic and eventually, a change in the dynamic of the relationship would need to be made. Surprisingly though, people live in these unhealthy and toxic relationship cycles for years. We are here to tell you, that you don't have to. The first step of dealing with a problem is identifying it, so are you codependent with your addicted loved one? Take our quiz and find some answers today.
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Seek out help for yourself
Let's face it, it doesn't feel good to be in a codependent relationship. Seeking out help for yourself can help you live a better life. It is detrimental to anyone's well being to give so much power to another person that it seems that the world will crumble without them. But that is exactly what codependency feels like. When dealing with someone who is in active addiction, this problem gets worse because of the tendency of those struggling with a substance use disorder to manipulate. If you have codependent tendencies, you are truly working against yourself and leaving the door wide open to these types of manipulations. Codependency can even help perpetuate the individual's problem with drugs and alcohol, if your addicted loved one knows that you need them and won't leave them, no matter what they do, they will continue to drink or use without thought. Seeking out help and support will result in amazing changes to your life. Often, as humans, we get so used to our own unhealthy patterns and we don't see the need for change. Addiction Care Recovery Services knows that you and your addicted loved one deserve better. You both deserve to build a healthy relationship that you can be proud of.
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