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The origins of the term Codependency can be traced back to the early days of Alcoholics Anonymous (Al-Anon from now on). Al-Anon was the first self-help group for addicts founded in 1935. After sharing their personal experiences in group-therapy, Al-Anon members quickly noticed that the wives (during this era, most Al-Anon members were straight men) of Alcoholics typically responded with a pattern of overly-supportive enabling behaviors, and thus, the term Codependent was born.

As children, bad behavior could usually be managed with some simple rules and consequences. However, when our kids, are actually full-grown adults, it’s not clear what our role as parents should look like. When we see them behaving in harmful ways, perhaps using drugs or blowing money away, what do we do?

People can become addicted to pretty much anything, depending on their unique conditions and personality. Food, shopping, drugs… There are so many different addictive things out there in the world, and some are clearly worse than others. Have you ever wondered how they compare?

There’s no doubt about it, addiction is a mental illness just like any other. We already know that conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety have an immense power to control our moods and thoughts. So, why would addiction be any different?


A lot of people seem to get on just fine with drinking alcohol on occasion. Others however, don’t get on just fine, and end up with a serious addiction. Is alcohol addictive? If so, why exactly is alcohol addictive? If you’re new to drinking, you might be wondering about these kinds of things. We’re going to try and give you some answers that will hopefully help you make more informed decisions about alcohol.


We’re taught from a young age that alcohol abuse has it’s risks. It’s common knowledge that when we’re drinking we can get hurt, feel sick, and get alcohol poisoning if we have too much. Even the advertisements and bottles of alcoholic drinks themselves blast warnings at us because it’s the law. The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act (ABLA) of 1988 makes it mandatory for all alcoholic beverage manufacturers to put a little warning on their labels.


Deciding to quit drinking alchohol is a tough decision to make. Implementing it is even harder. If we’ve been drinking a lot for a while now, our brains become chemically dependent on alchohol just to function normally. So, when we quit cold turkey… bam! Alcohol withdrawal symptoms jump out to get us. At we can help support you through this stage on your way to sobriety.

Treating addiction is a group effort. Personal change within the addict is of utmost importance, but change within the addict’s community of friends and family is crucial as well. After all, psychologists consider addiction to be a family disorder. This is because addiction and relational trauma and dysfunction go together. Substance abuse damages relationships, and existing toxic relationships contribute to the addiction cycle

We all know that alcoholism isn’t the best thing for our health. However, maybe we don’t know specifically, what are the physical symptoms of alcoholism? What about the emotional effects too? Alcoholism takes its toll on the mind and body in many ways. There are both short and long term effects from alcoholism ranging in severity from dry skin to cancer. Here, we’ll get into a little more detail about the emotional and physical symptoms of alcoholism.


When the behavior of a loved one who is addicted to drugs or alcohol leads to conflict, the family’s first instinct may be to “send them away somewhere” to get rid of their addiction. Although a change of scenery may be a step in the right direction, recovery is not so simple that we can send someone off and expect them to return fully healed.