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What is codependence? Does your office fund outpatient services for codependents?
Codependence, or enabling, occurs when we do something or say something, out of concern, that softens the consequences for the substance user/abuser. This behavior prolongs the disease and hides the symptoms from the user/abuser. It seems like it should help, but it only makes things worse. Since the alcoholic/addict is often in denial of the problem, well-meaning attempts to "soften the blow" only make that denial stronger.

Enabling is habit-forming, and is hard to stop once you start. We are afraid of losing that person or we may fear we won't be needed anymore. However, you must put a stop to your own enabling behaviors to help break down the alcoholic's/addict's system of denial.

What can you do?

  • Alateen, Al-Anon, Families Anonymous, and other community support groups are available to help you understand your needs.

  • Limited funding is available through the Drug and Alcohol office for outpatient services. Services for yourself, with a professional counselor, can help you understand the illness of addiction and how it affects you.

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1. I do not have any health insurance. How can I get treatment for myself or my family member's substance abuse problem?
2. My health insurance will not pay for drug and alcohol treatment – what should I do?
3. What can I do if I think someone I know has a drug or alcohol problem?
4. What are Twelve-Step Programs?
5. How can I tell if my substance use is problematic?
6. How can I tell if my child has a drug or alcohol problem?
7. What is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
8. What is codependence? Does your office fund outpatient services for codependents?
9. Are psychotherapeutic drugs addictive?
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