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Codependents Anonymous: Recovery From Codependence

Codependents-Anonymous_The-Watershed-TexasWhat is Codependents Anonymous and what does codependency even mean? The definition of codependency is the excessive psychological or emotional tie to a partner or loved one, usually one who has an addiction or another illness. Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share a common bond and purpose: to develop healthy relationships with their friends, family members, and significant other. The only requirement to become a member of Codependents Anonymous is the desire to have a healthy and loving relationship.

Codependents Anonymous

The fellowship of Codependents Anonymous offers literature to help you feel comfortable and offer a free patterns list to help you recognize the behaviors of a codependent person. Some of those patterns and characteristics are:

Denial: whether you’re trying to minimize or deny how you’re feeling or end up isolating, this may help you decide if you belong to Codependents Anonymous. Denial basically means the person doesn’t even know they are lying to themselves about their problem. You can check out these patterns and characteristics of codependency  to see if maybe you have a tendency to learn more towards co-dependent issues.

Low-self Esteem: this area pretty much sums up that you’re not taking care of yourself the way you should be doing. Lack of self-love and self-care can lead to dependence on other people and the belief that it’s more important what they think of you then what you think of yourself

Compliance: this describes that a codependent will stay in a relationship that compromises their own set of values, morals, and beliefs to accommodate others.

Control: this area describes that you need to be in control of the relationship and take care of your loved one the way you want to and feel they need.

Avoidance: most codependents avoid people, places, and advice that may make them aware and have to change a behavior. You may find yourself avoiding healthy people and only bringing in people that are will provide you with rejection and shame.

Codependents Treatment

The best way to treat codependency is to first recognize the problem and get help to fix it. You can either seek treatment or therapy or attend support Groups such as CoDa (Codependents Anonymous). Many people suffer from co-dependency issues and it’s important to recognize that you are not alone. People can change codependent behavior and adapt healthier relationships with significant others and even friends and family. If you are aware of the problem, you have already taken the first step towards fixing the issues.

If co-dependency is preventing you or a loved one from getting treatment for other issues like drug addiction or alcoholism, give us a call so we can help. No one should have to go through this alone. Contact us now!

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