Codependency can be very difficult to recognize. Most often, a person with drug or alcohol addiction has a family that is supportive of them, enabling and encouraging them to get help. Yet, some relationships may not offer the best outcome. If codependency is present, it may make it hard for a person with an addiction to get help. However, if they do, it puts them at a higher risk of relapse later. That’s why it so important to recognize this risk and eliminate it. Springfield Wellness Center can help to make that possible with therapy and treatment. Contact our team today at 844.334.4727 to learn more about our services.

What Is Codependency?

Codependency is one person having extreme emotional or physical needs and the other person spending most of their time meeting or responding to those needs. Often, this is to the detriment of the person without addiction. It impacts their life, relationships, activities, and even their overall health. In some situations, a codependent person cares for but enables a person’s challenges with addiction. This enabling makes it more difficult for the individual to make the decision to stop using.

Signs of codependency in the partner of a person with addiction may include:

  • Caretaking activities are provided often, including self-care.
  • Low self-esteem is present, often with a person feeling unlovable outside of that relationship with low self-worth.
  • People-pleasing activities are prevalent, which may include not being able to say no even when the partner is engaging in dangerous behaviors.
  • A lack of boundaries within the relationship is common, often leading to manipulation and control issues.
  • Obsessive behavior within the relationship is likely, including feeling defined solely by that relationship.

However, it is possible to overcome codependency with the help of an expert treatment center.

What Are the Effects of Addiction Codependency?

A codependent partner of a person with addiction isn’t using drugs or alcohol. They are not trying to take advantage of the other person. Most often, they want to help. Yet, they are often positioning themselves for making that impossible. There are several adverse effects possible with this type of dependency:

  • A person is unlikely to stop using drugs or alcohol because they are receiving support to continue that behavior
  • The loss of relationships with people outside of that partnership is common, leading to isolation and a lack of support
  • Increased risk of engaging in reckless behavior is likely, worsening of addictive behaviors is common
  • A person may struggle to keep up with responsibilities
  • A person may develop low self-esteem, depression, and other mental health disorders

Over time, this worsens for both people in the relationship. Yet, recognizing the symptoms of this can mean a person is better able to get help sooner.

How Addiction Codependency Improves

Relationship codependency like this can be hard to recognize or admit. Yet, once you see that it is occurring and take action to overcome it, it becomes possible for a person to improve their health and well-being significantly. Treatment in an addiction treatment center for the person with addiction is a good starting point. The codependent individual should also seek out help from therapy in a professional manner.

At Springfield Wellness Center, we offer a range of tools that may help, including programs such as:

To learn about our treatment programs, we welcome you to contact our team today.

Call Springfield Wellness Center Today for Immediate Help

If you are struggling with codependency or unsure if it is present, seek out help from a trusted team of professionals like our own. Let us offer insight and assessment of your situation so you can get the care you need. Springfield Wellness Center aims to provide you with the very best outcome possible. All you have to do is reach out to us online now or give us a call at 844.334.4727 for more insight.