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Co·de·pen·den·cy noun \-d?n (t)-s?\:a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly: dependence on the needs of or control by another
Unfortunately the families with which we work get sick too! Just as the addicted individual grows a tolerance to their drug/drink, we grow a tolerance to their behavior. Identifying co-dependent behavior is an invaluable tool for your family to move into recovery together.
This short questionnaire will help you identify these behaviors and if they effect you.
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The first step in changing unhealthy behavior is understanding it. It is important for your family to educate yourselves about the cycle of addiction and how it extends into your relationships.
Question 1 of 21
Do you feel responsible for the actions of your loved one?
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Do you have any health issues due to stress from this relationship such as; weight loss/gain, change in eating patterns, stomach issues, skin conditions, altered menstrual cycles, varicose veins, diarrhea, sleep disturbances or ulcers?
Question 3 of 21
Do you experience emotional peaks and valleys when dealing with this relationship?
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Do you take care of their needs, letting yours take a backseat?
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Do you take on their problems like they are your own?
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Do you feel like their problems with drugs/ alcohol is your fault?
Question 7 of 21
Do you feel like if you try harder, you can maintain some sort of control over their addiction?
Question 8 of 21
Do you think they are behaving a certain way to specifically hurt you?
Question 9 of 21
Is it difficult to say no when they ask you for help?
Question 10 of 21
Do you feel better when they are in need of your help?
Question 11 of 21
Do you believe their promises even though they continually break them?
Question 12 of 21
Do you make excuses for their behavior?
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Do you try to fix their problems, even if they don’t ask for help?
Question 14 of 21
Can you say no to them without feeling guilty?
Question 15 of 21
Do you suppress your emotions regarding their behavior and then explode?
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Do you feel ashamed and/or embarrassed for their behavior?
Question 17 of 21
Have you ever told lies to cover up their alcohol/drug use?
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Do you ever threaten ultimatums but then can’t bring yourself to follow through?
Question 19 of 21
Are you ever scared of their behavior?
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Do you feel like a failure because you can’t help them stop?
Question 21 of 21
Do you avoid social situations because you are scared of how they will act?