What is co-addiction?

Co-addiction describes a relationship between two people whereby one person’s addiction becomes a problem for both parties involved. The co-addicted person does not necessarily have an addiction themselves, but rather has developed an unhealthy dependence on, or interest in their significant other or their activities.

Many addiction experts believe that some individuals are more prone to co-addiction than others. Co-addiction can be damaging, especially when the co-addicted person lets their own needs fall by the wayside when supporting or trying to take care of the addicted person.