Signs may include:
- One sided relationships
- Destructive habits
- Substance abuse
- Difficulty in making decisions alone
- Avoiding personal responsibility
- Not liking being alone
Dependency manifests itself in many forms including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and even people. It becomes a “solution” or “one stop shopping” to alter an uncomfortable mood.
We often, first, need to address the strains of life without developing dependent behaviors as a way of coping with problems. What is crucial for preventing relapse is the acceptance of personal responsibility, as well as, advocating for our own healthy interests.