Recognizing the Codependency Pattern
At its core, codependency is a term to describe the emotional disorder occurring out of an imbalanced relationship. This type of relationship can be viewed as “circular”– one person needs the other, and the other person needs to be needed. Both people may feel mutually satisfied in the moment and believe they have found their “other half.” However, the imbalance often leads to emotional turmoil and, in some cases, abuse. If you are struggling with codependency, you deserve to seek help. You are not alone, and our caring staff at Beachside Rehab can help anyone in Florida find relief.
Where Does Codependency Come From?
Codependency is most often a learned behavior. Typically, this behavior stems from childhood. If you have family members who struggled with alcohol or drug addictions, you may be predisposed to this type of behavior. Codependency is often described as a type of addiction, since you are essentially addicted to another person and the validation received from them.
Typical Codependent Behaviors
It may be difficult to come to terms with the fact that you or someone you know is struggling with codependency. Most codependent relationships have two sides: the “giver” and the “receiver.” One person may feel addicted to providing care and rescuing someone. The other may feel the need to be cared for. Both may involve the following behaviors and characteristics, among many others:
- Low sense of self-esteem
- Extreme need for approval
- Constant feelings of guilt and shame
- Compulsion to control others
- Lack of trust or tendency to lie
- Tendency to confuse love and pity
- Fear of abandonment
- Issues surrounding intimacy
- Poor communication
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It may be difficult to come to terms with codependent tendencies in yourself or a loved one. Recognizing and identifying the signs, along with finding healthy coping mechanisms, can be a daunting process. You don’t have to tackle this alone. If you are at all questioning whether this is something you’ve been dealing with, it is okay to reach out for help. Our qualified professionals at Beachside Rehab can help you figure out a healthy and safe path forward. If it is right for you, our inpatient treatment program includes several beneficial therapy options and a personalized approach for healing. You are not alone, and you shouldn’t have to feel any shame about your experiences.
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