Codependency: Addiction and Broad Term

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Codependency is defined as; of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol or gambling, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first in an unhealthy way. Codependency is a very broad term that can encompass a vast range of feelings and emotions but is always more focused on someone else. For instance, if someone goes to eat with a group of people but does not actively help in the decision making of where to eat, they are fine with where everyone else wants to go. They show a meek personally and would rather someone else make all the decisions. A codependent person can be overzealous in trying to help someone. They believe they are helping but in reality they are engaging in behaviors that enable people with other addictive behaviors such as drug abuse or alcoholism. In a study conducted by Daniel Harkness, PhD, ACSW he explored a model of codependent attitude and behaviors in the relationship between Alcohol and Other Drug problems in the family origin. His findings suggest the codependent behaviors may be used to try to protect any offspring in the family. An article found in mental health practice February 2004 vol 7 no 5 pages 30-32 discusses Co-dependent and abusive relationships of women clients of the addiction service. It is noted that some professional are mis-diagnosing codependency which can hamper any recovery efforts made by the individual. The article notes that 80 percent of the codependent market was female. The Self-Perception of Women Who Live With an Alcoholic Partner: Dialoging With Deviance, Strength, and Self-Fulfillment* written by Einat Peled and Ilana Sacks** describe women with codependency as women caring for abusive, ill, alcoholic and or a disabled partner and struggling to comply with social and personal expectations of their ability to care for their partner. When I think about drugs and alcohol I have a lot of opinions...
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