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How to Tell if You Are in a Codependent Relationship

More often than not, the loved ones of those struggling with drug abuse will do anything to help them. However, there is a fine line between helping and enabling. Those who constantly make excuses for the addict’s behavior end up codependent, ultimately preventing their loved one from seeking help at a Boca Raton drug rehab.

What exactly is codependency, anyways? Codependent relationships are a type of dysfunctional relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, or under-achievement. Usually, the codependent has the expectation that their help will be recognized and that the substance abuse related behavior of their loved one will change.

While the codependent may have the best intentions in mind, this eventually does more harm than good. By constantly being available and always wanting to please their addicted loved one, the codependent becomes the accidental enabler. This worsens the substance abuse problem by making it easier for the addict to control and manipulate the codependent, further allowing them to continue to not seek substance abuse treatment.

How do you know if you are codependent? If you feel like you rely so much on the feeling you get from helping a loved one who is suffering with an addiction problem, then you may be codependent. This type of attachment is its own form of addiction; by feeling like they are fixing things, their dopamine, also known as the reward center of the brain, gets stimulated. This may make the codependent feel less anxious, cover up underlying issues, and feel more secure. As a result, an attachment turns into codependency.

Unsure of whether or not you may be a codependent and preventing your loved one from getting help at a Boca Raton drug rehab? One surefire sign includes accepting full responsibility for other’s actions. By doing this, you allow the addict to not take responsibility for their drug abuse, further keeping him from getting help from one of the many treatment centers in South Florida. Other signs that you are codependent include: ‘people pleasing’ without considering your own needs, having an extreme fear of abandonment, and neglecting your own needs or responsibilities to help others.

By constantly being there to bail your loved one out of trouble due to their drug abuse, you prevent the addict from taking responsibility for their own actions. If they never have to take responsibility for their actions, then they can never recognize the true effects of their substance abuse problem, and they will never seek help from treatment centers in South Florida.

For those who think they may be codependent or enabling an addict, call Boca Raton’s leading drug rehab center Treatment Alternatives today, for quality Florida treatment.

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