Codependency Treatment in San Diego

Forming deep, meaningful relationships with others plays a significant role in your well-being across your life. As the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology notes, emotional interdependence and connection are core features of close relationships. However, codependency, as Mental Health America (MHA) states, creates one-sided, emotionally destructive, and/or abusive relationships. Therefore, seeking support with codependency treatment can help you learn how to disconnect from unhealthy relationships and build healthy connections.

At Sober Life, we know it can be difficult to reach out for support, especially about relationship challenges. For many people, codependency can be a set of behaviors that have been learned and passed down throughout your family. Therefore, it can be understandably challenging to recognize that your relationships are unhealthy and harming your well-being. However, with affordable individualized codependency treatment, you can learn the tools you need to start building healthier connections.

The Challenges of Codependency

Unaddressed codependency can impair your ability to function in your daily life. While wanting to help others can be a positive attribute, codependency leads to compulsive and destructive caretaking behaviors. Codependency can harm the people you want to help as you enable their self-defeating behaviors. Moreover, the challenges of codependency can impair your ability to manage your emotions and pursue goals for yourself.

Listed below are some of the challenges you may experience with codependency:

  • Confusing love and pity
  • Mistrust in self and others
  • Difficulty identifying feelings
  • Chronic anger
  • Impaired decision-making
  • Communication issues
  • Intimacy/boundary issues
  • Fear of abandonment

The emotional distress codependency causes can feel scary and overwhelming. Codependency can be particularly distressing when these harmful behaviors have been a common feature of your life. Many of the unhealthy behaviors of codependency stem from watching and mimicking these behaviors from family members in your childhood. Therefore, it is often difficult to see codependent behaviors as harmful to yourself and others.

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Finding Codependency Treatment at Sober Life

Dismantling codependent relationships is not an attempt to deprive you of close relationships. Rather than depriving you of close relationships, codependency treatment is designed to teach you how to build mutually supportive relationships for your long-term well-being. At Sober Life, we believe long-term recovery means treating the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Through our holistic approach to codependency treatment, we focus on providing resiliency-focused care that addresses how your individual experiences have impacted your well-being.

With our HealthyU program, you can work in partnership with masters-level clinicians to build an individualized codependency treatment plan for your specific needs.

Discovering Your Path to Healing

Access to a flexible and holistic approach to care gives you the space to find healing that acknowledges the whole of your parts. With codependency treatment, you can address your specific experiences in your relationships and family dynamics to foster your path to long-term healing. Through service-oriented care, Sober Life offers whole-person care for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) because there is no one path to healing. Therefore, you deserve codependency treatment that meets you where you are on your journey to recovery.

Whether you have co-occurring SUD or not, you should have access to individualized codependency treatment that acknowledges how your experiences throughout your life have intersected and impacted your well-being. With our mental health and addiction recovery approaches, you can engage in whole-person healing to build adaptive coping skills and healthier relationship patterns to live your best life.

Mental Health Recovery Approach

As MHA mentions, codependency was perceived as the enabling behavior of a person living with or in a relationship with someone with SUD. However, the definition of codependency has expanded to denote codependent behaviors and relationships in mental health and dysfunctional families. The enabler in a codependent relationship often finds the being needed aspect of taking care of someone with some difficulty rewarding and satisfying. However, when the codependence becomes compulsive, you may feel like you are trapped in this role and need to support the other person.

The sense of helplessness and fears born out of codependence can cause emotional distress that impedes your mental wellness. Feeling distressed by your relationships can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety. When your mental health is impaired, seeking self-medication with substances is a factor that can contribute to the development of SUD. Therefore, our HealthyU program is designed to provide flexible and customizable codependency treatment to address the roots of dysfunction in your relationships.

Listed below are some of the treatment options we offer through our HealthyU program:

  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
  • Hybrid IOP
  • Virtual group IOP
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
  • Veteran IOP
  • Holistic care activities
    • Yoga
    • Massage
    • Exercises

When you understand the roots of your codependence in your early family relationships, you can better understand how your experiences and behaviors interconnect and contribute to each other.

Addiction Recovery Approach

As noted in an article from Addiction and Health, engaging in codependent relationships correlates with higher levels of neuroticism. Neuroticism highlights increased difficulties with regulating emotions, managing daily stressors, and building adaptive coping skills. Thus, in a codependent relationship, you are more likely to have difficulties with:

  • Low self-worth and self-esteem
  • Self-blame
  • Shame and guilt
  • Self-criticism
  • Loneliness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness

Difficulties building adaptive coping skills can lead to unhealthy coping strategies such as self-medicating with harmful substances. Thus, a seemingly unbreakable cycle forms as self-medicating also increases the risk of more mental health distress. Therefore, at Sober Life, we offer paths to healing in mental health and addiction to address the co-occurring challenges of codependency with codependency treatment:

  • Outpatient detoxification
  • PHP
  • IOP
  • Virtual IOP (VIOP)
  • Adolescent IOP
  • Veteran IOP
  • Aftercare programs

With a holistic approach to healing codependency, you can find the support you need to foster a healthier you.

Benefits of Codependency Treatment in a Healing Setting

We know some level of dysfunction happens in families that can create stress and conflict. However, healthy dysfunction is short-lived as people make space for communication, take accountability, and express their thoughts and feelings in respectful ways. In contrast, unhealthy dysfunction and codependent relationships encourage denial, avoidance, and mistrust. The challenges of unhealthy family dysfunction leave you thinking that relationships are a source of pain, misplaced pity, and choicelessness.

Therefore, you deserve codependency treatment that shows you that relationships can be filled with mutual love, respect, and support. Here at Sober Life, we have fostered a healing space where community and connection are not only healing tools but a way of life. Our casual vibe here in Downtown San Diego is built on our commitment to compassion, support, and community to help you thrive in the real world. Although codependency can make you feel trapped, at Sober Life, we believe recovery is for everyone.

With the support of codependency treatment, you can find a supportive community where you can grow into a healthier you.

Addressing the Importance of Codependency Treatment

Reaching out for support with codependency can be difficult, especially when these types of dysfunctional relationships and behaviors are all you have known. Learned codependency, especially when it stems from family relationships, can lead to misconceptions about who can have codependency and what it means to be codependent. The misconceptions and myths of codependency may convince you that if you control more and more of your relationships, then everything will be okay because you are managing the outcome of every situation. Listed below are some myths, misconceptions, and facts about codependency:

  • Myths/misconceptions
    • Solely happens with addiction
    • Synonymous with clingy/needy
  • Facts
    • Happens in all types of relationships
    • Codependent behaviors are more significant than clingy/needy
      • Obsessive worry and care
      • Neglects own needs

In reality, codependency can take a toll on you and your loved ones. When left unaddressed, codependency can leave you feeling trapped and unable to meet your needs or pursue your own life goals. Moreover, your codependent behaviors can cause more harm than good to your loved one as they feel unable to function alone. If your loved one cannot function on their own, they also miss out on the opportunity to set and achieve goals that contribute to life satisfaction.

While it can be scary to dismantle codependent behavior patterns, giving yourself and your loved one the space to be self-sufficient can be the difference between despair and fulfillment. We know the strength is in you to reach out and take that first step toward recovery because you deserve the chance to live your best life.

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