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How to Stop Spinning Out from Codependency and Addiction

How to Stop Spinning Out from Codependency and Addiction

Codependency is not diagnosable as a mental health condition but it is an issue therapists often see as a challenge for people with addiction. This personality disorder has origins in childhood experiences, as does substance abuse. These two problems feed one another and can severely hamper a person’s ability to live a happy life. There are some tips to find ways of not spinning out from codependency and addiction

Codependency Disorder

Codependency is a psychological condition not officially recognized but it exists nonetheless. Experts believe this condition requires a person to need another person to affirm their self-worth. This need for external validation manifests in several ways. People who are codependent rely on another person and worry more about their needs than their own. Criticism from someone can be more devastating than normal for people who struggle with this.

Substance Abuse

The first recognized cases of codependency were in wives of people with alcoholism. Therapists treating men with alcohol addiction realized their wives were enabling the husbands’ habits and relied heavily on those people to get a sense of self worth. The wives showed signs of addiction with respect to the spouses. The people with addiction were not the only ones who needed help. It was also the people who were living with, and loving, those with addiction who also needed help battling codependency.

Codependency, Trauma, and Addiction

The roots of codependency in many people go back to childhood and traumatic experiences. Many codependents had bad experiences as kids. This could include physical or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental neglect, or having parents addicted to drugs or alcohol. Sometimes the origins of codependency are from later in life, perhaps from an an abusive adult relationship. It is not unusual for someone who is codependent to also abuse substances or be drawn into relationship with a person who has addiction. This codependent cycle continues until something drastic happens and someone decides help is needed.

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