Co-dependency by definition is a set of maladaptive, compulsive behaviors learned by family members and loved ones that are used as coping mechanisms in response to emotional pain.
Subconsciously, these behaviors are developed to alleviate the pain felt by a family member or loved one, but in reality, these behaviors cause more harm than good.
When it comes to an addicted family member, the most harmful codependent behavior of all is enabling. Enabling can easily be confused with supportive behavior, and the differences can be difficult to spot. In fact, an enabler might not even know what they are doing is harmful or unhealthy. The staff at our nationwide addiction treatment centers are here to help educate loved ones and family members on what it means to enable a person who is using, how to stop enabling, and how to still remain supportive while a person finds recovery.