On the surface, the idea of codependency appears quite harmless: people relying on each other for support throughout life’s ups and downs. However, there’s a huge difference between being caring and being codependent. The former is healthy and nurturing, while the latter can be a destructive force that, when combined with addiction, can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
What Is Codependency?
To best define codependency, let’s use an example. Let’s assume that you’re struggling with a prescription drug addiction, and your partner knows about your struggles as well as about your desire to free yourself from the bonds of substance abuse. However, instead of helping you to get sober, your partner obtains more pills for you.
It’s not because they hate you. The truth is that, whether your loved one knows it or not, he or she gains benefits from being your safety.
Some of the most prominent symptoms of codependency are the following:
- Compulsive actions
- Excessive caretaking
- Relationship imbalance
- Lack of boundaries
- Dysfunctional communication
While neither party in a codependent relationship is healthy, the person struggling with addiction is particularly victimized.
Why Codependency Worsens Addiction
As we have seen above, individuals who occupy the codependent role are highly fearful of losing their relationships. As a result, they enable their partner’s addictive behaviors. They fear that doing so is the only way to keep the relationship going. This often happens even when the addicted person is trying to make big changes in their life.
In the end, codependency protects addicted individuals from the consequences of their actions while providing their partners with self-sacrificing, martyred caregiving identities. In relationships such as this, both parties desperately need professional help.
Taking The Next Steps
If you’re struggling with addiction and are also in a codependent relationship, help is available both for you and your loved one. At Crest View Recovery Center in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, our caring staff can enable you to free yourself from the unhealthy relationships with people and substances that are holding you back. Because we know that you will need the ongoing support throughout your recovery, we offer family therapy that can address many of the codependent aspects of your relationships.
Our substance abuse treatment programs work because we take each client’s individual needs and situation into consideration. Our psychiatrists, counselors, and other specialists offer the following:
- One-on-one individual therapy to address the root causes of your addiction
- Group therapy led by therapists that is gender specific
- Gender-specific group therapy to bring about more effective communication with your peers
Your addiction and dysfunctional personal have controlled your life for long enough. At Crest View Recovery Center, we can help you break the destructive bonds of your relationship, and we can also provide answers to help your partner as well. Call us today at 866.327.2505 and start a new chapter in your life.