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.