What is Codependence?

Codependence in the context of addiction refers to a situation in which an individual is deeply affected by someone else’s substance use disorder or other addictive behaviors. Codependency can occur when a person becomes enmeshed in a relationship with someone who is struggling with addiction and finds themselves making sacrifices or enabling the addictive behavior in order to maintain the relationship.

Codependents often feel responsible for the addicted person’s well-being and try to control their behavior or shield them from the consequences of their addiction. This can lead to a cycle of emotional instability, codependent behavior, and continued addiction.

Codependency can develop in any type of relationship, including romantic relationships, family relationships, or friendships. It is important for individuals who are struggling with codependency in the context of addiction to seek professional help, such as counseling or support groups, to overcome their codependency and achieve healthy relationships and self-sufficiency.

Treatment for codependency may involve therapy, support groups, and education about addiction and codependency. The goal of treatment is to help individuals understand their own behavior and develop healthier coping mechanisms for dealing with their loved one’s addiction.

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