Use this guide to learn about codependency, how it is linked to alcohol use and dependency, and treatment options.
1. Providing Financial Support:
Codependents often offer financial assistance to the addict, even if it means funding their substance abuse. This can include giving them money for drugs or alcohol or paying their bills despite knowing the money will be misused.
2. Joining in the Substance Abuse:
In some cases, codependents may engage in substance abuse alongside the addicted individual. They do this to maintain the relationship or because they fear the consequences of saying no.
3. Ignoring Personal Needs:
Codependents often neglect their own well-being and need to focus entirely on the addict. They may put the addict’s needs first, sacrificing their own physical and emotional health in the process.
4. Losing Boundaries:
Codependents often have weak boundaries, making it difficult to say “no” to the addict’s requests or demands. This lack of boundaries enables the addict’s behavior to continue unchecked.
5. Overcompensating with Love and Care:
In an attempt to “fix” the addict, codependents may shower them with excessive love, care, and attention. They believe that by being extra nurturing, they can help the addict change.