As you get close to someone, it can be hard to imagine your life without them. No matter whether your relationship is romantic, platonic, or purely familial; it’s possible to become codependent on anybody.
When you start sacrificing your own needs for the sake of someone else’s, you are demonstrating a passive self that lacks self-worth and self-esteem. Like any addiction, a codependent relationship entails a dependency on another person’s behaviors.
Though your intentions might be good, people might interpret your eagerness to please as neediness and suffocating. Codependency is extremely toxic to a relationship and even though it’s not technically considered a mental health illness, it is still detrimental that you seek treatment.
Codependency, also referred to as relationship addiction, is both an emotional and behavioral condition passed down the generation line and affects a person’s ability to have a mutually satisfying and healthy relationship. Following a number of studies conducted on interpersonal relationships and alcoholism within families, codependency was discovered. Being a learned behavior, codependency is passed on from one family member to another through watching and imitating those members who display the behavior.
The condition can potentially affect any person whose friend or close relative suffers from alcoholism or drug dependency. This includes parents, co-workers, spouses, siblings, and many others; hence the need to find a therapist for codependency when suspected.