Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. When a person suffers from addiction, it adversely affects their health and quality of life. As a loved one, it can be difficult to watch someone you care about go through this. Therefore, it’s common for family members to take it upon themselves to try and heal a loved one with an addiction. Without proper codependency treatment, this can turn into a toxic, codependent relationship.
Codependency is a two-way street. Individuals in a codependent relationship rely on each other for unhealthy reasons. On one hand, individuals who can’t care for themselves will depend on willing loved ones to do it for them. They become dependent on that loved one to function normally.
On the other hand, the other half of the codependent relationship struggles to say “no.” When their loved one reaches out for help, they will push their own needs aside to care for them. People in this situation often exhibit many symptoms, including:
- Poor self-esteem
- Difficulty defining boundaries
- A savior complex
Without the support of a codependency treatment program, this relationship can spiral out of hand. In the eyes of the codependent individual, and potentially other family members, they may not see that they’re doing anything wrong. To them, they’re being a good, reliable loved one. However, caring for someone you love has limits.
Putting the needs of someone else above your own, especially to the point of neglecting yourself, is dangerous and unhealthy.
Codependency and Addiction
Codependency and addiction often go hand-in-hand. The person with the addiction relies on their loved one to care and provide for them, while the loved one feels responsible for healing the individual with the addiction. Codependency treatment helps families identify these kinds of relationships in a family and what they need to do to overcome it.
If a family has a codependency problem due to addiction, then the family will never completely heal. Loved ones will continue enabling the addicted individual and blaming themselves if they relapse. A codependency treatment program is necessary for the entire family to overcome addiction.
In addition to treating addiction, there are many methods used for codependency treatment. Therapy often begins by helping the family identify codependent behaviors. Additionally, they help the codependent individual understand their own self-esteem problems and how that feeds into a codependent relationship.
By beginning to value themselves, a person in a codependent relationship can learn self-compassion, as well as healthy methods for helping their loved one overcome addiction.
Codependency Treatment Program at Petersen Family Counseling
At Petersen Family Counseling, we help families understand the root of their issues. Whether their family system is falling apart from addiction, codependency, or both, we help individuals understand what is adversely affecting their families and what steps they can take to fix them. In addition to our codependency treatment program, we offer other addiction therapy services, such as:
If you’re ready to take the first steps toward rebuilding your family system, then call the professionals at Petersen Family Counseling today at 720.541.6289.