Historically, codependency has been used to refer to a person in a relationship with an addict. Codependency referred to their unhealthy relationship enabling the addiction. However, the current meaning states that it is a condition of sacrificing ones needs to take care of others. In this situation, the hardest part is detaching yourself from the loved ones.
The conditions to create codependency is quite common among parents and spouses of addicts. To some extent, the aforementioned individuals may feel that they are responsible for the actions of their loved ones, redoubling their efforts to support the addict under any circumstances. If you are among this category then these are the tools you can employ to recover.
Working the steps
Codependent people have a hard time trying to establish boundaries and maintaining them. To encourage a healthy recovery for the addict in their life, it’s critical that something change. Clearly, the path they have been on and the measures taken so far have not been successful. The loved one’s must be committed to following the treatment advice provided by a treatment center to support the addict. During a rehabilitation process both the patient and the family should be receiving the tools needed to support long-term recovery.
It is important to point out that codependency is a form of addiction just like alcohol or drug addiction. Therefore, if you are in a codependent relationship with someone you will need to seek addiction treatment. Of course, just like any other addiction, you will face many challenges in the recovery phase. Detaching emotionally from those people you were codependent with will not be a walk in the park. Nonetheless, you need to take small and steady steps towards recovery if you want to achieve a fulfilling life. You should realize self-care is not selfish. Additionally, you should join a support group where you can share with other people and receive guidance and counseling.
Do not take things personally
With an afflicting addiction, there are often elements beyond your control and sometimes, beyond their reasonable control. Therefore, do not always feel responsible for other people’s actions. In fact, many of the addict’s parents feel as if they failed somewhere during the upbringing of the child. Nevertheless, you should understand each person chooses his or her own path and understand how you can support them, in a healthy way, going forward.
Find a Sponsor
Since detaching from someone you were codependent with is very hard, it is vital to find someone to give you strength to carry on. In fact, from time to time you should schedule meetings with your sponsor and discuss your progress. Support groups are available for more than just the addict. Al-anon groups support loved ones of addicts and provide a community to share experiences and learn from each others. The most important factor when dealing with a sponsor is honesty. You should open up to them and do not be embarrassed about anything because acceptance is the first step towards recovery.
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