Some say that it is a disease of the heart. Codependency is believed to have developed from

  • The family you grew up in wherein someone was addicted to alcohol/drugs,
  • A relationship with someone who actively abuses chemicals or is involved in other addictive behaviors (i.e. gambling, sex) and
  • Growing up in a home where feelings and emotions were repressed or not expressed.

In most cases, drugs and alcohol play a significant role in the development of codependency. Codependency grows out of a want and a need to “fix things”, to take care of and protect those we love and to feel as though “we matter and make a difference.”

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