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Co-Dependency Treatment Program

Codependency often has many definitions, some consider codependency as a psychological condition characterized by an individual displaying an often inappropriate and excessive reliance and preoccupation with another person. Typically, this can be a person who needs support due to mental illness or addiction.

Codependency can also be defined as the dysfunctional relationship with oneself when one is living for or through another person. Often, these individuals are making attempts to control others, consistently and inappropriately blaming others, feeling a sense of victimization, and experiencing intense anxiety surrounding commitment and intimacy.

Co-Dependency Treatment Program

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that “codependency occurs when another individual, perhaps the addict’s spouse or family member, is controlled by the addict’s addictive behavior.” Anyone can fall victim to codependency, such as adult children of addicts or alcoholics, caretakers, friends, or others who may be close to the addict. We find that many co-dependents unwittingly or unknowingly encourage the addict to keep using whether directly or indirectly. This creates a cycle of addiction and codependency that is one of the hardest relationship dynamics to mend but with the right help and support, it can be achieved.

Some symptoms of codependency include:

  • A mistrust in others
  • Perfectionism
  • Controlling behavior
  • Rationalization
  • Denial
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Avoidance of true feelings
  • Feeling responsible
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Avoidance or hindering of outside relationships
  • Hopelessness
  • Inability to see or plan for alternatives

Who Should Seek Codependency Treatment?

Often, when we think about rehabilitation and treatment, we only think of treating the addict. At best, we also get some family members to agree to treatment. What we miss here is the possibility and risks of a codependent person in the addict’s life.

Codependency can be disastrous for the newly recovered addict and for the person who is codependent. We strongly urge those who are in this type of situation or relationship to seek treatment when the addict in their life does. Without joining a recovery process of their own, they may not be able to change the ways in which they think and behave.

With professional therapy and treatment, the co-dependent person can begin to receive the help and support they need to make changes in their thinking and behavior to be able to support and foster healthy relationships. Learning these self-sufficiency and relationship skills can make all the difference in both individual’s recoveries.

Recovery from codependency is a long-term process, as such, it takes dedication and commitment to living a healthier life as the best version of yourself possible. Treatment and therapy can be painful as there are many emotions associated with treatment. The co-dependent person has to be open and honest with themselves, think realistically, and get through a lot of unhealthy coping mechanisms, denial, and sometimes mental anguish to get to the bottom of their codependency issues.

These issues are generally developed over a long period of time and are difficult to break free of. The stress of living with an addict has probably contributed to one or more unhealthy coping techniques that will need to be readjusted. With the right help from our program and qualified staff, you can get through all of these issues and use our extensive support services and resources to pave your own path to recovery.

How to Get Started with Codependency Treatment at Chiron

To get started with our treatment program designed specifically for codependency, you can visit us over the phone or online to find out more information. If you’d like to begin the process of admissions, there are qualified staff members waiting to take your call.

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