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Bridging the Gap Between Addicts and Those Who Love Them
Sherry Gaba LCSW
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.
Do you have trouble setting boundaries or putting yourself first in relationships? Learn how to gain back your independence.
Trauma bonding can occur when a person is in a relationship with a narcissist, resulting in a destructive cycle of behaviors. Breaking free is possible—but not easy.
It is not uncommon to enter into a relationship with someone who seems like Mr. or Mrs. Right during the dating phase only to find out they have an addiction problem.
Simply stopping a behavior does not end an addiction. In fact, stopping an addictive behavior often creates a void or a vacuum that was managed by the addiction.
One of the factors this book, which is written from the interviews with women living with alcoholics, is the way that living with an addict changes a person's self-definition.
Most people have at least one person in their life who seems to be in the same horrible, dead-end relationship over and over again, but the partner seems to change.
The term cross addiction is relatively new but is something that has always been seen in clinical practices.
As a psychotherapist and life coach specializing in addiction recovery, I am frequently asked by family members what they should or should not do. Often, family members worry.
Sherry Gaba, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist/author specializing in addictions, codependency, and underlying issues such as depression, trauma, and anxiety.