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A serious relationship disorder that enables addiction and requires its own specialized care

1 Your Role
I want to learn about treatment options for:

2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

3 Condition Information
Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.

What is codependency?

Suffering from codependency involves habitual, self-destructive behaviors that arise from one’s need to be loved at all costs. This serious emotional and behavioral condition can apply to all types of relationships: family, work, friend, romantic, community and peer. 

Becoming codependent typically results from attachment disorder, due to the absence of trust-based relationships with caregivers during childhood. We often find codependency in families of addicts, where family members unknowingly interfere with recovery by enabling addiction.

What does codependent behavior look like?

Individuals who struggle with codependency exhibit the following traits and behaviors:

  • enabling addiction through care that can facilitate drinking or using drugs
  • lack a firm sense of identity; obtain sense of self through interactions with other people
  • passive – unable to assert themselves or recognize their wants or needs
  • form relationships that are emotionally destructive, one-sided and abusive
  • self denial
  • low self-esteem
  • excessively compliant, controlling or caretaking
  • rescuing others
  • unable to establish boundaries with others
  • Treating codependency.

    Codependency should be treated like an addiction, because codependents have as much difficulty accepting their powerlessness over people and events as addicts do over their addictions. If you or someone you love struggles with codependency, please contact Caron about seeking treatment.  


    Patterns of Attachment: A New Language of Codependency

    Based on a modern understanding of attachment disorders, this webinar outlines an emotionally-focused approach to addressing codependency and attachment injuries. Learning goals include:

    • Gaining a basic understanding of the evolution of the term codependency from its inception to the present.
    • Pioneering a shift in language from shaming labels to description of normal human responses to chronic relationship stress.
    • Defining and recognizing attachment injuries and the patterns that develop as a result of those injuries.

    Watch the webinar.