Living with someone who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol is never easy. Regardless of how many times you have tried to make it work, you may find yourself ignoring your needs so that you can make life easier for the person who has the addiction. As a result, you may start to exhibit signs of codependency. Just like an addiction, codependency typically arises out of false beliefs and behaviors that turn into dangerous patterns. Even when a person knows that their partner or a family member needs help, they too have grown comfortable with the addiction to the point of not wanting a change. However, codependency eventually destroys both the addict and those who are caring for them. Let\u2019s take a closer look at the\u00a0signs of codependency\u00a0and what a person can do to get help. What is Codependency? Trying to figure out if you have a codependent relationship can be challenging at best. Why? Because a codependent relationship means something different to each person. Codependence involves thinking or acting in a destructive way to keep a relationship going. You may depend on the other person to act or think a certain way. However, that person does not meet your expectations. As a result, your relationship continues to have numerous problems that you or the other person fails to address. As you probably already know, this dynamic in your relationship continues to spiral out of control until something drastic happens. What Are the Signs of Codependency? Codependency is not always easy to identify. One of the reasons for this is because the focal point is typically on the person who has the addiction, not the person who is dealing with it. So, an individual may act in a way that fuels the addiction without anyone realizing it \u2013 including the individual. Here are some signs of codependency to look for, including: \tDifficulty making decisions in or about the relationship \tNever knowing how you feel from one day to the next \tWanting approval from the wrong people and for the wrong reasons \tFear of being abandoned by the addict or other people \tHaving an exaggerated sense of responsibility in the home \tContinuing an unhealthy relationship regardless of the consequences How Does Codependency Affects Relationships? The\u00a0effects of a codependent relationship\u00a0are different for every family. Some of the most common things that happen in codependency include: \tRepressed emotions or feelings \tFamily members coping with problems instead of dealing with them \tEmotional or mental health disorders that arise out of the conflict \tSome type of abuse: physical, verbal, sexual, or mental \tThe end of a relationship: someone finally gives up and walks away If you do not address the problems that exist in the relationship, they will only get worse. The good news is that there is treatment available. You do not have to take on these problems alone. Get Help for Codependency at The Right Step If you are trapped in a codependent relationship, then now is the time to get help. The Right Step offers\u00a0comprehensive treatment for codependency. We can help you identify the signs of codependency can get the right treatment. To find out more about your treatment options, call .