Addiction and codependency are two conditions that commonly occur together. Because of this, they have to be treated as a unit – and if they’re not, the addiction can simply recur in the form of a relapse in a few weeks, months or years after recovery.

Have you battled through an addiction and would like to know how codependency are related, or would you like to know how the potential link between addiction and codependency can affect someone you know?

Addiction and Codependency: Why so common?

Here’s the essential information about addiction and codependency, how they relate to one another and what can be done to move on from them.

Why it Happens?

Addiction and codependency are two conditions that commonly occur together, and when people are taught coping techniques for how to get through an addiction, that’s usually not the only thing they’re struggling with. Whether you’re addicted to gambling or to alcohol or drugs, there are many other factors in your life that can have a potential impact on your addiction that aren’t the addiction itself – including people.

Alcoholics will often lose their “drinking buddies” first the moment they sober up; codependency described in simple terms refers to the same relationship – people, whether they’re friends or partners, who have had their addictions uniting them. Codependency refers to the fact that a relapse is far more likely when two people match up with their addiction’s as baggage.

The majority of addiction programs recommend a period of no serious relationships or ties for a period of time after the addiction has healed; this rule helps to cut out any chances of codependency and gives people the chance to heal before getting attached to any serious relationships.

Future Planning

Future planning is an essential part of recovery, but it’s usually recommended for people to plan their individual future first. Focus on you and how you are going to recover; the added stress of a relationship, a fight or a disagreement on top of recovery can be too much for many and lead directly to a relapse.

When this happens, there are only two possible alternatives for many: Either you could end up indulging your own addiction and have to start the recovery process from scratch, or your codependency partner will – and you’ll be stuck with the potential guilt of feeling responsible for it even in situations where you aren’t.

Future planning is vital – and cutting out codependency doesn’t mean eliminating meaningful relationships from your life, but it does mean giving yourself enough time to recover completely, and finding a different approach to relationships than before.

Moving Forward

After addiction, the point of lifelong recovery is to move forward; this doesn’t cut out relationships, but it means that relationships will require a different approach – and a different base than the addiction that might have, at some point, been what united the relationship to begin with.

Time for recovery – and this means proper recovery – should be the most important thing first, and healing yourself should be the first crucial factor.

Relationships can be sustainable, but only after recovery is.


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