Codependency happens when you are greatly affected by a loved one's or another family member's substance use problem or dependence. You may feel that you can control the actions of another person through your will power. Since this cannot be done, you feel hopeless, betrayed, or angry.
Addiction is a disease. A person with a substance use problem is not choosing a drug or alcohol instead of friends or family. The person needs professional help to deal with the problem. The best thing you can do is to help the person get the help he or she needs.
Also, it is very important for you to take care of yourself. Making sure you get the understanding and respect you need will help you stay healthy in both physical and emotional ways.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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