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Let's Have A Conversation About Codependency: Day 3 - Now What Do I Do?

Last time we learned what is means to be codependent, and we examined  a couple of reasons as to why we are codependent. I want to stress that codependents are really caring, good people.  This is a strength! However, it becomes a weakness when we over-invest into others to the degree that we are spent! I also want to impress upon codependents that knowledge is power. By understanding what is going on with us and why, our healing begins!Let's get started with two steps as we answer the question - Now what do I do?

First step - Shift in  thinking or mindset. This  may sound obvious but in order to begin your healing, it is critical that you make a shift in your thinking or mindset - acknowledging that what you are doing isn't working for you! If you still believe that you are responsible for saving someone else and that if you stop doing what you are doing, the other person won't make it on his/her own, you probably are not ready to get well.  I know this  may sound harsh, …

Let's Have A Conversation About Codependency: Day 2 - Am I Codependent? And Why?

Last time, we started a discussion on codependency. We learned the following: Codependency is when we over-invest into someone - all in an attempt to rescue, control, or to change that person and his/her behavior. We also acknowledged that with most relationships, there is a natural give and take, and there are often circumstances or crises where one individual must move into a care-taking role for a period of time or for extended periods of time. However, when one person continues to forfeit his/her well-being, identity, and worth at the expense of another's lack of responsibility for their own well-being - this is codependency.   Today, we want to answer two questions - Am I Codependent and Why?

I think we would all agree that it is good to be a caring, giving, and compassionate individual.  However, when we find that we are repeating a pattern of behavior that leaves us depleted and drained, we typically have crossed the line into codependency. If you are codependent, you will …

Let's Have A Conversation About Codependency:Day 1 - What Is It?

This week, I was going to write about Relapse and Codependency as it applies to partners in a relationship. However, because it is a complicated topic, I thought it  might be helpful to do a series of blogs on it and have a more in-depth conversation! There is a ton of really good information on codependency which I will reference in our discussion, but I want to give you some basic principles that I believe will  help you to understand codependency and will assist you if you are a codependent person and/or are in a codependent relationship with someone.  Let's get started!

First, what is codependency? When we love or care about someone, we invest ourselves and our resources into that person. This is natural. How do we know when this becomes unhealthy? This is important. Let's take a look at this explanation of codependency.

Codependency is when we over-invest into someone. Read that again. Codependency is when we over-invest into someone - all in an attempt to rescue, control, …

When One Partner Relapses, How Do Couples Move Forward?

When I am discussing relapse, it is important to clarify that I am referring to any individual who falls back into or regresses into to a previous pattern of unhealthy thinking, behaving, or feeling. In other words, I am not speaking solely of issues of addiction;  I am talking about letting go of current healthy habits, rituals, practices, or ways of being and replacing them with thoughts, behaviors or emotions that are harmful to us. With this broad definition, it is not uncommon for most couples to struggle through a relapse episode of some kind. I'd like to touch upon two healing insights into how relapse impacts couples and then close with an informative and restorative interview I did recently with Dr. Karen Sherman, host of "Your Empowered Relationships".

The first insight I want to share or to remind couples about is that when an individual relapses, regardless of the type or kind, there is an incredible degree of shame. This is important to note for two reasons. …