Signs of codependency

  • Dysfunctional relationships with self and others
  • Insecurities of being abandoned or alone
  • An extreme need for approval and recognition
  • Feeling insecure in relationships
  • An unhealthy dependence or avoidance of relationships
  • The compelling urge to control others
  • Overwhelming feelings of toxic anger and shame
  • Inability or difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty being authentic in relationships
  • Trouble with intimacy, healthy boundaries, moderation and self-esteem.

At Next Chapter, we utilize evidenced-based methodologies that include psychosocial, spiritual, and therapeutic treatments. Our program of recovery includes therapeutic groups, individual sessions, family work, and detailed 12-step immersion. At Next Chapter we not only address the symptoms of substance dependency, but we focus on underlying issues that both drive the addiction and lead to relapse. Some of the issues we work to address are negative childhood experiences with major caregivers, related childhood trauma, relationship and intimacy building, male issues in recovery, life skills, personality traits, anger, grief and loss, communication skills, and relapse prevention.

Codependency is a very common co-occurring disorder amongst addicts and alcoholics. Codependency is characterized by excessive psychological or emotional reliance on a partner, family member, or close friend. In codependent relationships, at least one individual lacks autonomy and independence. This individual will heavily rely on the other for his or her sense of self-worth and identity. In many cases of substance dependency, codependent relationships will form – frequently, both involved parties will begin relying on the other for fulfillment. While anyone can become codependent, those that suffer early childhood trauma by way of neglect or abandonment are far more likely to enter into codependent relationships later on in life.

Children who are inadvertently taught to subvert their own needs in order to please an emotionally demanding parent or guardian will often fall victim to a long-standing pattern of attempting to receive love and affection from a difficult individual. Developmental gaps resulting from emotional abuse in childhood will remain until they are adequately and thoroughly treated. We at Next Chapter have extensive experience working closely alongside individuals who struggle with addiction and codependency, and we understand that in order for long-term recovery to be obtained, both disorders must be treated effectively – and simultaneously.

My journey (and growth!) of these last several months has been tremendous, and I could not be more grateful to Next Chapter and all involved for your part in helping me to open my eyes and heart to a self-awareness I have not had in a very, very long time. I took your suggestions from our first initial conversations of getting back to 12 step meetings, counseling and my own inward continued journey. I express genuine, true heartfelt thanks for that
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