What is addiction? If your loved one continues to use drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences (marital problems, problems at work or school, DUI, financial or health problems), s/he is likely physically and emotionally dependent. This means that the body and brain will react with a strong, negative response if they don’t continue to use substances. If you’ve never been […]
Category Archives: codependency
Book Review: Where to Draw the Line – How to Set Healthy Boundaries
This post contains affiliate links. How do you set healthy boundaries? I just finished reading Anne Katherine’s book Where To Draw The Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day. As the title states, it is a guide to setting healthy boundaries in many different kinds of situations. Katherine does an excellent job of explaining what boundaries are. Her […]
Book Review: Necessary Endings
Book Review of Necessary Endings review by Sharon Martin, LCSW This post contains affiliate links which means I receive a small commission if you purchase the book through my link. This helps support the blog and costs you nothing. Necessary Endings: The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Move Forward is […]
What is Codependency?
Codependents often grew up in dysfunctional families (often plagued by abuse, addiction, mental illness). Many find a spouse/partner or have a child or other family member that is very troubled and becomes the focus on the codependent’s life.
My Wednesday night group has been working on codependency. We have used Melody Beattie’s classic book Codependent No More as our teacher. So, codependency has been on my mind a lot as I guide several clients through their conflicted relationships with alcoholic and troubled spouses, parents, and siblings. On my way home tonight I heard Sara Bareilles’ “King of Anything ” on the […]