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In a codependent relationship, both partners are inextricably linked in an unhealthy way. There is a power imbalance, with one person being overly dependent on the other. This can lead to feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem, and even anxiety or depression. If you’re wondering if you might be in a codependent relationship, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to many or most of them, it might be time to seek help from a professional.

What Is A Codependent Relationship?

A codependent relationship is one where one person is excessively or exclusively reliant on another for their emotional or physical well-being. It’s often characterized by an imbalance of power, with one person being more needy and dependent than the other, although two people can switch the balance of power back and forth and be dually codependent with each other in a pathological manner occasionally as well. 

Codependent relationships can be harmful to both parties involved. The codependent individual may have difficulty making decisions or taking care of themselves, and they may stay in the relationship even if it’s unhealthy. The other person in the relationship may feel like they have to take care of the codependent individual, which can be emotionally draining.

Codependency can also make addictions worse. In some cases the partner who is the “giver” in the relationship can enable unhealthy habits for the addict. They do this in order to stay close to the addict, the “taker” in the relationship. But this simply prolongs the addiction and is detrimental in the long term. 

If you think you might be in a codependent relationship, it’s important to seek help from a therapist or counselor. They can help you assess the situation and make changes to improve your relationship.

Codependent Vs. Healthy Relationships

There are many different types of relationships, and it can be hard to know if yours is healthy or not. If you’re wondering whether you’re in a codependent relationship, here are some signs to look for:

  • You feel like you can’t do anything without your partner’s approval.
  • You constantly worry about what your partner is thinking or feeling.
  • You find yourself making excuses for your partner’s behavior.
  • You stay in the relationship even if you’re unhappy.
  • You sometimes feel useless without the approval of your partner or loved one.
  • Your boundaries or values have moved because of your partner and their actions. 
  • You feel like you can’t live without your partner. This may be because they provide emotional or financial support, or simply because you’ve become used to having them around.
  • Your partner is overly reliant on you. They may constantly seek your approval or turn to you for help with even the smallest decisions.
  • You often put your partner’s needs ahead of your own. You might find yourself sacrificing your own happiness in order to make them happy, even if it means going against your own values or desires.
  • You have difficulty asserting yourself. You might stay quiet in arguments even if you disagree, or let your partner control decision-making even if you don’t agree with their choices.
  • Your sense of self is wrapped up in your partner. Your identity is largely defined by the relationship, and you feel lost without it.

If any of these sound familiar, it’s possible that you’re in a codependent relationship. 

How To Address Being In A Codependent Relationship

In a codependent relationship, both partners are overly reliant on each other for emotional support and validation. This can lead to a feeling of being trapped in the relationship, as well as feelings of resentment leading to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. If you find yourself in a codependent relationship, it is important to address the issue with your partner.

There are a few things you can do to start addressing the issue of being in a codependent relationship:

  • Communicate with your partner about your feelings. It is important to be honest about how you are feeling in the relationship. Tell your partner what you need from them, and why you feel like you are always the one giving more.
  • Spend some time apart. It is important to have some time for yourself outside of the relationship. This will help you to remember who you are outside of your codependent relationship.
  • Seek professional help. If you find that you cannot seem to break out of your codependent cycle on your own, it may be helpful to seek out professional help. A therapist can help you to understand the root cause of your codependency and provide tools for breaking free from it.

Get Help For Codependency And Addiction

If you’re wondering whether you might be in a codependent relationship, it’s important to reflect on the dynamics of your relationship and how they make you feel. If you’re constantly feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, or like you’re being taken advantage of, then it’s possible that your relationship is codependent. If this is mixed with addiction, it’s definitely time to get help. 

At Tranquil Shores we can be one of those sources of help. We offer many programs for addicts and alcoholics that address not only the problem of addiction, but what’s underlying it as well, such as codependency. We can be reached at 727-591-4119 and are looking forward to taking your call. 

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