Codependency is defined as a relationship in which one person suffers from addiction to alcohol or drugs and the other person is dangerously attached to the addict and will go to extreme and ill-advised lengths to make them happy, including helping them perpetuate their addiction. The codependent party in a relationship scarcely considers the long-term damage of their contribution to their loved one’s drug and alcohol abuse and has a compulsive need to please them. In the worst case scenarios, this sort of enabling inadvertently can result in the addicted party dying from an overdose.
Intervention for Individuals Trapped in Codependent Relationships
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches offers a codependency intervention program for those who have consistently put themselves second in a relationship and have been negatively impacted as a result. Our professionals will work to build clients’ strength and confidence by exploring the origins of their codependent tendencies. Codependency is a complicated mental disorder that severely detracts from the victims’ quality of life. This program helps individuals trapped in the compulsion of putting the needs of another before their own and restores their independence so they can live fulfilling lives. It also helps them honestly, safely and objectively assess their addicted loved one's substance abuse.
Honest and Direct Assessment of Codependent Relationships
From the husband or wife who has come to rely on their spouse’s finances, to the parent who desperately wants to be a friend to their children, codependency is a condition that can affect anybody.
Signs that one might be involved in a codependent relationship include:
- Giving an addicted loved one money
- Providing transportation for them to buy drugs or alcohol
- Making excuses to others for their behavior
- Fear of honestly confronting an addicted loved one about their problem
- Constantly putting their needs ahead of yours
Addicts aren’t always the only ones in denial; the codependent party in a relationship often requires an intervention of their own to not only see how their behavior is hurting their loved one, but to see how their condition has caused them to see themselves as appendages of someone else.
For You and You Alone
Codependency intervention illustrates to the codependent how each party suffered in the relationship and how they need help to change. At the same time it also reinforces the enormous value, self-worth, and strength that resides within each of us. Even if the addicted party in a codependent relationship refuses to get help, this process helps the codependent party recognize that they have the power to control their life and be their own person.
Just because you think you’re making someone happy, doesn’t mean you’re doing what’s best for them, or yourself. This process will teach you how to manage and channel the shame or guilt that has led to clinical codependency.
Help a codependent friend or family member reclaim their independence through a professionally run codependency intervention. Call (888) 432-2467 to get started today.
Infographic: Codependency Intervention
Based upon research from Psychiatric literature, this infographic explore the complex nature of codependency and when and how an intervention might be necessary to help an individual break free from its grasp. The first section uses a Venn diagram to illustrate all of the different elements that go into creating a codependent relationship. The second section consists of a checklist of behaviors that might signal that it is time to stage an intervention for a codependent individual. The infographic concludes with list of actions that can help prevent the cycle of codependency from being passed on to the next generation.
- Therapist’s Guide To Clinical Intervention, Sharon L. Johnson
- Psychology Today