"I just keep telling myself that if I try harder, I'll be able to fix him."
"I spend all of my time and energy doing all the right things and trying to please everyone. And yet, at the end of the day, I still feel guilty. Why?"
"I vowed I'd never marry a man like Dad. But here I am, married to a man who is married to his job, just like Dad."
If you identify with any of these statements, you--like one in four Americans--may be codependent. " The concept of dependency and codependency, " the authors write, " is no longer limited to alcohol; it takes in the rest of the (substance-abuse) spectrum...and includes nearly any obsessive compulsion," including eating disorders, sex addiction, and workaholism. These and other dependencies lock addicts and their codependents in an endless cycle of addiction, denial, resentment, and anger.
There is no joy in doing everything for another and calling it love. Even if you believe you are making intelligent choices--It's simpler to do it myself! He needs my help! I just want to keep the peace! If I don't do it, no one will!---the burden of codependency will cause untold misery in your life and in the lives of your family members.
Is codependency at the root of your unhappiness? Let the doctors of the Meier New Life Clinics and The Minirth Clinic walk you through their ten proven stages to recovery from codependency, introducing a new dimension: the important stage of seeing God's unconditional love as the answer to your deepest emotional needs and your hunger for love.
Part One: What Codependency Is
- The Thread That Runs So True
- The Way Codependency Works
Part Two: The Causes of Codependency
- Unmet Emotional Needs
- Lost Childhood
- The Repetition Compulsion
Part Three: Factors That Perpetuate Codependency
- The Snowball Effect of Addiction
Part Four: Codependency in Interpersonal Relationships
- Codependent or Healthy Relationships?
- Codependent or Interdependent Relationships?
- Making Relationships Work
- The Roles People Play
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