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Co-dependency Rehab

Do you have a constant yearning to make sure everyone around you is happy and successful? Do you feel as though your life has no value if there is no one around for you to help? If so, you might be suffering from a condition known as co-dependence. The good news is that there is help available.

Co-dependency is an interesting mental condition inasmuch as it can exist independently or in concert with the addictive behaviour of someone else. In other words, some co-dependents are what they are even though no one else in their immediate sphere of influence has any known issues. On the other hand, some people develop co-dependency as a result of continually dealing with a family member or friend suffering from addiction or substance abuse.

Rehab for co-dependency centres around getting to the heart of the most deeply rooted thoughts and emotions of the sufferer. This is done primarily through psychotherapeutic treatments administered by mental health professionals with plenty of experience in the field. With the right treatment, the co-dependent can find the relief he or she’s after.

Definition of Co-dependency

In straight clinical terms, co-dependency is a situation in which an individual’s entire life is focused on the welfare of others. This is not necessarily a bad trait to have, but the co-dependent person does not know where to draw the line. The only way his or her life has any value or meaning is when he or she perceives themselves able to rescue other people.

The following are some of the main symptoms of co-dependency:

  • Interference - Someone who is co-dependent goes beyond genuine concern for other people to outright interference. A co-dependent person will often insert him or herself into the lives of others without invitation or solicitation. That interference can be very damaging to personal relationships.
  • Expectations - The co-dependent person often develops unrealistic expectations for him or herself and the people they believe they are helping. For example, they might paint a perfect picture in their own mind regarding what a family holiday should look like. They then spend the entire holiday trying to control every aspect in order to make it picture-perfect. When things do not go as they planned, they are very unhappy.
  • Control - The need to control goes well beyond family functions for the co-dependent person. Indeed, co-dependency often manifests itself in the need to control every circumstance the individual comes in contact with. This obsessive need to control is sometimes misunderstood, even by professional therapists.
  • Hero and Martyr - When the co-dependent person successfully helps someone make a better life, he or she views them self as a hero. When those closest to them do not show appreciation for the help received, the co-dependent person then views him or herself as a martyr. Unfortunately, there is no pleasing the co-dependent person without always succumbing to his or her every desire.
  • Depression - Co-dependent people are full of life and vigour so long as there are others around for them to help. However, as their circles of personal relationships slowly shrink, there are fewer and fewer individuals available to be helped. Some co-dependents end up in clinical depression as a result.

Co-dependency and Drug Addiction

It is rare for co-dependency and drug addiction to occur simultaneously in a single individual. However, it is very common for the condition to exist among family members of a drug addict or abuser. Many times family members do not even know they are co-dependent until a family therapist recognises it.

When co-dependency does occur in concert with an addiction or abuse problem, it might develop as a result of a family member’s earnest desire to help the addicted loved one get better. In the meantime, that individual is also forced to control the home environment so as to limit any damage done by the drug or alcohol user. Families experiencing addiction issues are ripe for co-dependency.

In cases like these, the addict must be separated from the family so that his or her treatment can be separate from the family’s treatment for co-dependency. However, that is something best left to the experts.

How Rehab Works

Rehab for co-dependency is usually offered on an outpatient basis. It is not a condition that requires residential treatment unless accompanied by addiction or another more serious condition. Regardless of where it is accessed, there are two primary forms of treatment: cognitive behavioural therapy and drug therapy.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment that has proved successful for co-dependency. It is a counselling therapy that is distinctly different from other types of counselling in that it is not open-ended.

Open-ended counselling seeks to provide counselling sessions to patients for as long as necessary to help them feel comfortable with the results. Open-ended counselling, by its nature, has no end date or specific goals to be achieved. CBT is just the opposite.

CBT begins by establishing a set of goals the patient can gradually work to achieve. Ideally, each goal is achieved in one therapeutic session. Once the patient has worked his or her way completely through each of the goals, the therapy is concluded - in as few as 12 sessions for some.

When co-dependency exists simultaneously with depression, anxiety, or other types of mental illnesses, drug therapy may be appropriate. Doctors will prescribe antidepressants that are able to interrupt certain brain receptors that are linked to those negative feelings. The antidepressants are not addictive in most cases.

How We Can Help

UK-Rehab is a organisation offering counselling and referrals for individuals suffering from a long list of addictions and mental illnesses. We work with clinics and other service providers to offer you the help you need to get well. If you think you might be suffering from co-dependency or addiction, we urge you to call our helpline. Our trained and caring counsellors are ready to talk with you right now.

When you call, we will take the time to listen to everything you have to say. Then we will help you assess your current circumstances and the best treatment options available. Best of all, our services are confidential and free.

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