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Bridging the Gap Between Addicts and Those Who Love Them
Sherry Gaba LCSW
Even if you are not familiar with the term "boomerang relationship," you will immediately recognize the pattern of behavior.
You could be in a controlling relationship without even realizing it. Manipulative and dominating behavior can sometimes be subtle, but the effects are still deep.
If you are struggling, there are some effective strategies and options to consider.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a world where social distancing and self-isolation are not just optional; they are required.
Managing toxic people in your life is very different based on your relationship to the individual.
Sometimes, the reason for relapse stems from the way the addict sees himself or herself.
Working from home is becoming the new normal. For some individuals, the transition is a positive one. For others, consider these tips.
Relationships end for many reasons. Sometimes the reasons are mutually recognized, and both people agree that ending the relationship is the right choice.
Everyone is struggling to develop new skills to manage in these trying times.
Everyone has used manipulation at some point in time, and this is usually to get something of value.
Some of the common signs of a toxic parent or parents are included here.
One of the necessary ingredients in a healthy emotional relationship with another person is the ability to be present for that person.
Understanding how you relate to others in your life is a critical aspect of maintaining personal boundaries and avoiding issues such as caretaker burnout.
For many women and men, finding that perfect person seems like a dream come true. They meet a person who likes the same music, films, and hobbies....
For many people who have limited experience with alcoholism and addiction, the signs can be subtle and difficult to spot.
Do you focus almost exclusively on your partner's care and well-being? This year, learn to put yourself first.
One of the challenges for addicts and their partners is to try to manage the downward spiral of financial responsibility that comes with addiction.
The holidays can be an exceptionally difficult time for people of all ages and in all different family situations.
It is often said that alcoholism and addiction is a family disease, and it is impossible for an addict or an alcoholic not to create ripples of destruction.
Feeling loved and valued is an amazing part of being in a relationship.
The "mother wound" is not a typical term you hear in therapy, but it may be a factor that is influencing your relationship with partners.
The use of the term "toxic shame" was first introduced in the 1960s by Sylvan Tomkins, an American psychologist and theorist.
It is normal, and even natural, to experience a sense of loss after the end of a relationship.
The presence of an addict in a family or in a relationship has ripple effects, impacting anyone in the scope of the addict's close personal and even professional interactions.
One of the most common issues with narcissism is the central focus on self. Narcissists can fake caring and empathy towards others.
When you grow up in a home with one or more alcoholic parents, the impact of the dysfunction reverberates throughout your life.
Today, I would like to focus on a very popular topic in codependency literature. This is the difficulty or the challenge that a codependent has in setting healthy boundaries
It is reasonable for anyone to want their ideas, choices, achievements, or opinions validated by those around them.
As reported by Mental Health America, codependents are people that have the intention to help the addict, but who become compulsive in the caregiving role.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is used in addiction recovery and is highly successful.
Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist/author specializing in addictions, codependency, and underlying issues such as depression, trauma, and anxiety.