Professional intervention is often required to treat codependency and address those feelings that contribute to low self-esteem and destructive behaviors, a personalized treatment program should be developed. Codependency treatment programs created and implemented by licensed professional mental health professionals consist of individual therapy, support group participation and couples and/or family therapy.
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Codependency treatment options include:
Because many codependency theories believe it’s a form of addiction, 12-step programs prove highly effective in its treatment. Organizations, such as Codependents Anonymous hold meetings in most areas of the United States.
In many cases, codependency may have a dual diagnosis; depression, anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses may intertwine, which exacerbates all issues. A doctor or psychiatrist may be able to recommend appropriate medication to help. Those undergoing medical treatment also usually participate in other therapy programs.
An addict’s loved ones who inadvertently takes supportive measures that allow the addiction to continue using is called “enabling” and codependent behavior, and it’s very common. Codependent behavior makes it easier for the addict because consequences and responsibilities are lessened. While it may feel like loved ones are helping the addict, it actually hurts more than helps.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes codependency as a personality disorder in which an individual willingly attaches self-esteem to his or her control and influence the behavior of another, even if it supports destructive behavior and denies him or herself. When the addict seeks treatment, both parties should participate in the therapy, and seek treatment for codependency. Both parties have the need to overcome problems that interfere with living dignified and productive lives.
Warning Signs of Codependent Behavior
- regularly doing unnecessary things for someone else, like shelling out money
- making excuses for someone else’s behavior
- covering for someone else when work is missed or responsibilities neglected
- bailing someone out of jail who has been arrested for drug possession, underage drinking or other consequences associated with substance abuse
- defending the substance abuser, rather than admitting a problem exists
- denying or ignoring negative and destructive behaviors, and mitigating repercussions