In this context, people who are addicted to a substance, like drugs, or a process, like gambling or sex, can also be considered codependent.

They focus so much time and energy on the other involved in the relationship that solitude can be a source of anxiety.

Whether you’re worried about the other’s well-being, or just don’t know how to be alone anymore, it’s extremely unhealthy to lose sight of ourselves.

People have a very difficult time letting go of this relationship, rely on it for satisfaction and happiness, and continue involvement regardless of the negative effects.

Over time, it pushes individuals further away from independence and self-awareness and can ruin your relationship with yourself and others with the rise of resentment, depression, feelings of unworthiness, and in serious cases- physical harm.

True power and strength is the ability to tend and care for ourselves.

: Once deeply involved in the relationship, it can be extremely hard to let go.Treatment can vary, but mostly includes some form of psychotherapy and deep exploration of one’s past.Learning to understand and come to terms with difficult childhood experiences or abusive relationships can help understand why we are codependent as adults.You’ll learn to find and use your voice, and you’ll find a supportive, compassionate and welcoming community where you’ll continue to grow. Codependency is a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person's drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.Codependency often forms unintentionally, and you may not even be aware that you are in a relationship of this category.