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1. Mutually dependent.
2. Of or relating to a relationship in which one person is psychologically dependent in an unhealthy way on someone who is addicted to a drug or self-destructive behavior, such as chronic gambling.
One who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.

co′de·pen′dence, co′de·pen′den·cy n.


n codependencia
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And, if you feel as though you're always the one giving and never receiving in return, you can find support at organizations like Codependents Anonymous or in books like Codependent No More, by Melody Beattie.
Al-Anon Family Groups and Nar-Anon are probably the best known of these 12-step groups, but help is out there for adult children of alcoholics, codependents, co-sex addicts and many others.
In Brother/Sister: The Codependents, Macomber renders two young deer in hooded tunics in front of a stand of leafless trees.
These three, along with many others, have found a kind of salvation in Codependents Anonymous.
In the early 1980's, Codependents Anonymous (CODA) was formed as a self-help organization for those who recognized codependency in themselves but could not claim a relationship with an alcoholic nor a history of alcoholism in their family (Haaken, 1993).
Like CR, groups like Shoppers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Codependents Anonymous, Love Addicts Anonymous, and Adult Children of Alcoholics approach personal suffering from a point of view that identifies unhealthy family and gender dynamics as causative factors in one's self-destructive tendencies.
Codependents make themselves into permanent victims.
In the end, she goes to Codependents Anonymous (CODA) while he, terminally "in denial," goes from bad to worse.
The Hazelden Foundation runs rehabilitation centers and publishes books, manuals, and pamphlets for recovering addicts and codependents (and sells related products such as notepads, wall plaques, and anniversary buttons).