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What is Primary Codependence?

What is Primary Codependence?Primary codependence is a psychological condition that makes people submissive to other people. A Des Moines resident with this condition may feel like her attention is necessary to keep someone else happy, which may mean she is controlled by that other person. Codependent people are usually manipulated by someone with a narcissist complex or a drug addiction, and they suffer in extremely damaging relationships. But, treatment is available to help these patients recover.

Signs of Codependent Relationships

Codependent relationships are not limited to romantic relationships, but can develop in Des Moines residents through many relationships. Actually, social relationship often contain codependency of some type—for instance, the relationships between a boss and his employee, older and younger siblings, friends, neighbors, a parent and his child and etc. If troubling symptoms appear, then a relationship is codependent, but to determine if a relationship has this problem, analyze the following symptoms of codependency:

  • Excessive preoccupation on fulfilling the needs of others
  • Low self-esteem
  • Submission and control patterns
  • Excessive compliance with another person
  • Denial of a problem
  • Constant search for acceptance
  • Fear of being alone with nobody needing them

Although some of these symptoms seem normal, Des Moines residents with primary codependence take these behaviors to an unhealthy degree, sometimes even causing self-destructive behaviors.

Effects of Codependence and Addiction

The harmful effects of leaving codependency unresolved might lead to addiction and the following problems:

  • Drug addiction
  • Alcoholism
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Stressful relationships
  • Eating disorders
  • Sex addiction
  • Social anxiety disorders

Another problem Des Moines residents should consider is that people in codependent relationships cannot help addicts recover. This is because codependent people cannot contradict or confront the addict for fear of losing her approval and being left alone. In other words, if an addict needs a substance, a primary codependent will do anything he can to meet that need and gain acceptance. This might include resorting to illegal means—like stealing—if asked to do so.

Recovering from Primary Codependence

Behavioral psychotherapy backed up by antidepressants can address primary codependency. Other Des Moines residents utilize support groups that offer counseling. If a codependent person is in a relationship with an addict, consider an intervention to prompt each person to accept help.

Many other options help people recover from addiction and codependency. From therapy sessions to inpatient rehab, you can regain your personal health. Sometimes, all Des Moines residents need is a little help finding treatment.

Des Moines Help for Codependency

For free help addressing codependency and/or addiction, call our admissions coordinators on our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. They can discuss the following services:

  • How to find intervention services
  • Values on rehab programs
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment for primary codependents with addictions
  • How to find family counseling
  • Medically supervised detox
  • How to file and verify health insurance

Recovery is possible with the right help, so Des Moines residents should reach out now to begin recovery today.