When we are in need, many of us can think of at least one person we can always rely on, someone who’s willing to drop everything to help us out with anything. But is there a chance that this can be unhealthy? While reliability is a positive characteristic, being ready to help someone at all times while disregarding your own needs may be a sign of codependency.
Codependency is characterized by one person in a relationship relying on another for nearly all of their emotional and self-esteem needs. This often leads to strained relationships and has the potential to devastate the codependent person if the two part ways.
There are several experiences that could lead to codependency: being close someone with an addiction, being raised in a dysfunctional family, growing up with an ill parent, other mental illnesses and more. No matter the cause of one’s codependency, there are common signs that can be used to identify it.
Codependency is often rooted in one’s childhood, making it difficult to overcome. However, there are things both the codependent person and other people in their lives can practice to work toward becoming emotionally independent.
For those close to someone with codependency
For those with codependency
If you have recognized yourself or someone you know as codependent, try to employ these strategies. Moving away from codependency will increase your self-confidence and happiness and will strengthen your relationships. To connect with a Centerstone counselor for mental health help, call 1-877-HOPE123.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.