Codependency Roles in an Addictive Family System

When an addict slides further down the seemingly endless rabbit hole of addiction, the physical, psychological and spiritual transformation that occurs as a result of their behavior can be both startling heartbreaking to witness. While the addict garners the majority of the spotlight in terms of getting the appropriate professional help, the addict isn’t the only one who will need intervention.Addiction professionals fully understand that addiction is a family disease, and the effects addiction has on family members are significant and can cause severe dysfunction in how a family communicates and interacts with each other. In order to cope with the unpredictable behaviors of  the addict, each family member will adopt certain maladaptive patterns of behavior in order to cope with the addict.While some family members may feel their actions are done with the best intentions of helping their loved one, the reality is their actions are only enabling the addict to continue their destructive behaviors. Additionally, these behaviors will further interfere with each family member’s ability to lead a healthy and normal life.

Source: Codependency Roles in an Addictive Family System

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