When most people hear the word codependent, they associate it with addiction or behavioral disorders. In fact, the term was coined nearly 40 years ago in context with alcoholism. Codependency can manifest in many ways, but the common factor is that coping mechanisms become mutually destructive.
Love is the subject of many songs and films, creating a culture in which people are driven to make relationships the most important thing in life. For some people, being in love or having relationships isn’t rewarding. Instead, it is full of drama, turbulence and unpredictability, which may be due to codependency.
Posted on November 29, 2017 in Mental Health
People who have struggled with intense but unhealthy relationships, especially relationships with people who are addicted to alcohol or other substances, have a tough road ahead of them when it comes to rebuilding their ability to forge healthy intimate relationships. Boundaries are the name of the game when trying to offer codependency help, but for many people struggling with codependency in relationships, suggesting boundaries sounds abstract and impossible. Say no? Just let go? Tough love? For people struggling with codependency, these suggestions don’t make sense.
Posted on October 19, 2017 in Mental Health
If a teenager in your life is showing any signs of hopelessness or suicidal thoughts, it may be time to find a teen rehab for depression. Unfortunately, signs of suicide often go overlooked in many cultures. In Japan, the suicide rate for children and teens is staggering and mental health professionals are struggling to figure out how to prevent this rampant problem.
Posted on February 22, 2017 in Mental Health
Your partner or family member has finally gotten into treatment for substance abuse issues — congratulations! Right about now you must be wondering why you keep hearing about codependent behaviors. Isn’t your partner’s use of alcohol or drugs the issue here?
Posted on February 11, 2017 in Mental Health
The idea of codependency got its name only about 40 years ago and at that time was largely used to describe the connection between two parties in a relationship that was centered around alcohol abuse. One person, who was addicted to alcohol, became dependent on someone else to take care of them physically and emotionally. The other person’s life became centered around and dependent on helping the addicted person. The two dependencies compounded each other and led to behaviors that were mutually destructive. Codependency has since evolved to describe any relationship one person has with another that manifests in a dysfunctional helping dynamic.
Posted on February 5, 2017 in Mental Health
Etizolam is the name of an anti-anxiety medication legally prescribed in several countries (e.g., India, Italy and Japan), but not legally prescribed in the U.S. This medication belongs to a group of substances called thienodiazepines, which bear a strong chemical resemblance to a well-known group of sedative/tranquilizers called benzodiazepines. Unfortunately, in America, etizolam has become a recreational street drug. As with benzodiazepines, the use of thienodiazepines can lead to serious problems that include physical dependence/addiction and overdose.
Posted on February 4, 2017 in Mental Health
When it comes to emotional sobriety, AA emphasizes the importance of understanding your emotional triggers. Emotional sobriety is the ability to cope with your emotions in a healthy way rather than turning to alcohol or other drugs to numb, mute or express them. In order to reach this crucial step in the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) journey, you must first identify your emotional triggers, then plan for how you will deal with such situations productively.
Posted on January 27, 2017 in Mental Health
The college years are often referred to as the best four years of your life, but did you know that 70% of college students report inadequate sleep? Especially when starting college, teenage insomnia is a problem for many students. It is difficult to adjust to a new environment and the lack of structure when you’re sleepy throughout the day.
Posted on January 8, 2017 in Mental Health
The average adult needs about seven hours of sleep a night to feel fully rested and functional. Teenagers need to get an additional two hours of sleep to maintain their normal function during the day. Unfortunately, if you fail to get enough sleep, you may experience significant feelings of anxiety. At the same time, people with anxiety-related problems may find themselves having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.