Co-dependency and addiction

Co-dependency is a form of addiction, which can lead to substance abuse. In fact, people who are co-dependent are more likely to suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction. These individuals may find themselves in need of a treatment center or alcohol rehabilitation facility so they can overcome their cravings.
What is co-dependency?
The term co-dependency describes a behavior that is learned from one generation to another. It’s often referred to as “relationship addiction,” as it affects a person’s ability to have a mutually satisfying relationship. It’s considered to be both an emotional and a behavioral condition. People who suffer from co-dependency have a tendency to start or have relationships that are one-sided, abusive and/or emotionally destructive. This particular disorder is relatively newer, as it was discovered approximately 10 years ago. Identifying this disorder stemmed from evaluating the families of alcoholics. This co-dependency tends to occur when a family member exhibits the same behavior.
Effects of co-dependency
Co-dependency affects the person or people who are close to the co-dependent person with the drug or alcohol dependency. Those who are affected by co-dependency include siblings, co-workers, friends, parents or spouses.
People who are co-dependent have a low self-esteem and tend to look for other ways to make themselves feel better such as drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, the person develops compulsive behaviors such as gambling or indiscriminate sexual activity. These people tend to have good intentions, but the intentions become unhealthy because they may lie to cover up their spouse’s alcoholism or their child’s bad behavior, for example. As time goes on, the co-dependent starts to take pride and feel satisfaction from feeling needed. Usually, these people feel like they’re victims and continue to seek out similar relationships.
A co-dependent may feel like he or she is responsible for the actions of others and has a need to want to love or help people he or she pities. Co-dependents always want to do more than their fair share of work. They feel hurt or rejected when people don’t recognize their good intentions or efforts. They tend to stay in a relationship, even if it’s not healthy. They have an extreme need to get the approval from others and to gain recognition. They also have a feeling of guilt when asserting themselves, and they have a fear of being abandoned. Additionally, they don’t adjust to change well. They oftentimes will communicate poorly, have problems with intimacy and have difficulty making decisions.
If you identify as a co-dependent or know someone who is struggling with co-dependency and addiction, help is available in a drug rehab facility or a dual diagnosis treatment program. Call Sovereign Health of California today at 866–629–0442 to speak with a representative for more information.

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