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Nov 16

Toward Minimizing the Codependent Trap of Enabling

When I read about codependency I often become confused. It is difficult for me to distinguish between the disease of codependence and appropriate family interaction and support. From certain angles all relationships seem laced with codependent components. The question always arises as to when helping, morphs unwittingly, into enabling?

I am finally able to describe healthy and helpful support and interaction with a loved one. I also can share when that becomes a trap of codependence so often linked to addiction, anxiety and low self- esteem. This article is an effort to clarify this complicated, typically gray area. These distinctions and associated boundaries are important in our dealings with those we love, especially when those we love do not consistently love themselves.

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