Co-dependency Treatment

Co-dependency is a condition that is characterised by excessive psychological and emotional reliance on another person, to the extent that a sufferer’s self-worth and identity relies entirely on the approval of other people.

Because of the nature of co-dependency, this condition can affect an individual’s ability to enjoy a healthy and mutually satisfying relationship, with co-dependent people typically forming and maintaining relationships that are abusive and emotionally destructive. Because a co-dependent individual’s happiness and self-esteem rely on other people, they are unable to be self-sufficient or autonomous and often experience feelings of worthlessness. This can cause them to remain in unhealthy relationships, further increasing their perceived need to seek approval, and fuelling the cycle of co-dependency.

What treatment is there for co-dependency?

As with all deep rooted behavioural disorders, the sooner that co-dependency is recognised, the more treatable it is. Life Works’ co-dependency treatment is offered at our residential facility in Surrey. Our treatment programme offers our clients the chance to overcome co-dependency issues. Utilising evidence based and highly individualised programmes, Life Works teaches co-dependent people to love and trust themselves while building up their self-respect. The programme stresses a balance between individual needs and the needs of loved ones, whilst providing a healthier way to manage anxiety. Clients will come away with the tools needed to create meaningful, two-way relationships.

How can I start co-dependency treatment at Life Works?

At Life Works, our highly qualified and experienced admissions professionals will take applicants through the whole admission process. Once a person has spoken to us and feels comfortable, we will provide a pre-screening assessment to ensure that we are truly the right place for the individual to enter co-dependency treatment. This treatment will give people suffering from co-dependency the best chance of reaching and maintaining a healthy long term recovery.

Signs and symptoms of co-dependency

Co-dependency is a serious behavioural disorder. The signs and symptoms of co-dependency are similar to the symptoms of love addiction. Beyond staying in abusive relationships, it’s important to look at co-dependent behavioural traits to determine if someone is suffering from the condition. A co-dependent person will let their natural urges to help and care for others dictate their life. They will constantly put other people’s needs ahead of their own.

Often co-dependents think of themselves as completely selfless, existing solely to take care of others in their life. These people constantly seek the approval of others, sometimes using sex as a way to gain acceptance. They tend to stay in abusive situations to avoid disrupting things, and are afraid to ask others to meet their needs.

If you are ready to start co-dependency treatment, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.

Who is affected by co-dependency?

Co-dependency often affects people who have a spouse, partner, parent, sibling or close friend who is living with an addiction or other form of chronic physical or mental illness. Because energy and attention tend to be focused on the person who is unwell, co-dependent individuals can develop a habit of putting the needs of other people before themselves, causing them to neglect their own desires, needs and identity.

An individual’s susceptibility to developing co-dependency is typically rooted in childhood, with these behaviours often being learned and internalised by watching co-dependent family members.

How does the family impact on co-dependency?

Co-dependent behaviours are often learned when growing up in a dysfunctional family. Dysfunctional families are characterised by members failing to acknowledge problems within the family, and experiencing anger, fear, pain or shame that is ignored or prolonged. This often causes family members to neglect their own needs, suppress or deny difficult emotions, become withdrawn and detached, and fail to experience normal emotional development.  Some of the underlying problems within dysfunctional families that can contribute to the development of co-dependent tendencies include:

  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse
  • A family member suffering from an enduring mental or physical illness
  • A family member being addicted to alcohol, drugs, relationships, love, sex or gambling

Contact us

Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment of co-dependency. To discuss how we can help you, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.


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