Co-dependent Intervention

Co-dependent InterventionWhat is co-dependency? The common definition is a set of learned behaviors and responses one develops as way to cope with living with or being in a relationship with someone who has a problem with addiction.

It is a type of personality disorder that can become a serious threat to the people involved. A co-dependency relationship involves an enabler and an abuser. While it is standard to think of the co-dependent relationship as involving two people, these relationships can also occur within a family unit. The best way to address these issues is with the help of a professional co-dependent intervention.

The Cycle of Co-Dependency

The typical cycle of a co-dependent relationship involves an enabler covering up for the abuser when the abuser’s addiction takes over. The enabler will often make excuses for the abuser’s behavior. They believe their love, care, and devotion will prevent the abuser from succumbing to their addictive tendencies.

The abuser, in turn, relies on the enabler to be there to pick up the pieces and cover up for them when their addiction takes control. This type of relationship can spiral out of control, especially when the enabler chooses to continually ignore the situation.

In doing so, the abuser’s addiction grows in power. Therefore, it is imperative to seek professional co-dependent intervention to prevent it from happening.

How Co-Dependency Affects the Family

As already mentioned, a family living with an addict is affected. In this case, the entire family is the enabler when they choose to ignore or avoid the addictive person’s issues.

Children growing up in an environment with an addict are prone to exhibit co-dependency issues.


This is their defense mechanism for dealing with the emotional pain. When they grow into adults, they are more likely to seek out these kinds of toxic relationships. To stop any further damage, the entire family unit is a prime candidate for co-dependent intervention.

A co-dependent person is usually the one who tries to control all aspects of the relationship. The typical co-dependent characteristics are perfectionism, distrust, and a heightened awareness of potential threats. They tend to have intimacy issues and avoid recognizing their own emotions.

The Effects of Co-Dependency

Physical ailments can manifest from the stress they are under. These are not healthy behaviors to display in a relationship and are, in fact, dysfunctional issues.

By definition, the term enabler means to give power.

They give power to the abuser to continue with their addictive behaviors without paying the consequences.

Giving away power is a way for the enabler to protect themselves and avoid having to face the aftermath of the abuser’s behavior.

A Co-dependent intervention is a way of finally saying “no more”. This life intervention will let the addict know that their actions and behaviors will no longer be tolerated. Family and friends, with the help of a professional, all gather together to confront the abuser about their dysfunctional behaviors and how it’s hurting their loved ones.

We Can Help

Professional interventionists help explain the situation from a neutral side as well as guide everyone involved through the intervention process. They stay in contact during transportation to the treatment facility and after the treatment is over. They continue to provide counseling for as long as is needed.


  • by Jan
    Posted December 21, 2014 3:00 pm 0Likes

    I have a Dear friend that has a drug addicted daughter. Their daughter is in grave danger, as her addiction is so severe they do not know where she is staying. She has had two children in the past two years and does not have custody of them. My Friend and her husband are taking care of her children. She also has a ten year old daughter that they also are taking care of. The addict is using drugs through needles. She most likely is selling herself for the drugs because she has no money, no job, no nothing . She has a boyfriend that loves her, has a good job and owns his own home etc., but is also at a loss as to what to do next. He is not a durg abuser, so his level of pain is extremely high as well. He thinks these last two kids are his because she told him they are, but who knows if that’s true because she lies all the time. He helps out with the children daily but has to work so does not take care of them full time. The children were not born addicted so she will stop using when she finds she’s pregnant, which is amazing, but, the new baby is only two months old and she is back at it worse than ever. The biggest fear at his point is that she will soon be dead. Her children are safe and loved with the grandparents but they are in their sixties trying to care for the children and have to watch their daughter distroy herself. She has no health insurance and will not seek treatment, or can’t maybe, who knows. They are at a point of just giving up and letting whatever happens, happen. My daughter told me about your website, so I decided to research your program. I think your program could help all of them if I could get them to contact you. You have my Email address, who knows, maybe you could be the beginning of an end to a family who doesn’t know what if anything to do next. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best Regards, Jan

    • by Crystal
      Posted December 21, 2014 9:46 pm 0Likes

      Hi Jan,

      I am having one of our counselors email you now.

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