Love Addiction and Codependency are the result of unresolved relational trauma and can be extremely disruptive in an individual’s life and relationships. Using post-induction therapy coupled with other individualized treatment methods, Core Recovery clinicians facilitate the process of healing wounds from past trauma and learning how to have functional adult relationships.
Love addicts are searching for something outside of themselves – a person, relationship, or experience – to provide them with the emotional and life stability they lack. In other words, love addicts use their intensely stimulating romantic experiences to (temporarily) fix themselves and feel emotionally stable. Happily, in a similar fashion to sex addicts – and, in fact, in many of the same treatment and self-help venues – love addicts can find the help they need.
Codependency is a type of relationship where one person feels they must care for the other at all costs in order to be worthy of their love and attention. In some situations, the relationship can turn manipulative, where the codependent person feels they must control the other’s life in order to keep them safe.
Ultimately, however, a codependent relationship is not healthy. The codependent person will struggle to understand their own identity apart from caring for the addicted person, and their efforts can actually impede the addicted person’s ability to get better.
Surprisingly, “codependency” is not an actual medical term, but rather a set of behaviors that can occur in someone who is close to a person with an addiction or other mental health problem. It’s not a mental illness itself, but in many ways, a developed response to dealing with someone with mental illness. For this reason, when seeking a therapist, it’s important to find a compassionate one who is able to understand codependency in the context of the wider relationship. Core Recovery has specialists in this area and can provide the support you need.