It is not only the addict themselves who is damaged by their addiction. It can harm everybody in their surroundings. Those close to the substance abuser may adapt by behaving in ways that would be considered unhealthy. Co-dependency is when the partner of an addict becomes almost addicted to the chaos. They start to put the needs of this other person ahead of their own. Their whole life can become focused on the addiction. The individual who is co-dependent begins to lose their own identity. If their partner manages to become sober they may struggle to adapt to the situation.
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