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Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts

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  • Codependency


Wednesday 30th September 2020

Melissa Rice and Jade Wye discuss codependency in addiction recovery, emphasizing the importance of boundaries and support in 'Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts'.
45 minutes

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Breaking Free from Codependency: A Journey with Melissa and Jade

Codependency isn't just people that are addicts or unable or caretake addicts. So there's lots of different facets of it, really isn't there?
Imagine constantly putting others' needs before your own, often to the point of neglecting your well-being. That's the essence of codependency, and it's a topic that hosts Melissa Rice and Jade Wye tackle head-on in this episode of 'Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts'. Both Melissa and Jade are no strangers to the struggles of addiction and recovery, bringing their personal experiences to the table to offer a fresh, empathetic perspective on this often-overlooked issue.
They explore how codependency can creep into various aspects of life—romantic relationships, family ties, even work dynamics. At its core, codependency is about maintaining peace and ensuring everyone's happiness, frequently at the expense of one's own needs. Melissa and Jade delve into the historical roots of this behavior, shedding light on how past societal norms have shaped current approaches to addiction and recovery.
For instance, they discuss how 'tough love' emerged as a strategy for women who had little control in other areas of their lives. Understanding this context helps us see why some methods may not be effective today. Setting boundaries is crucial in breaking the cycle of codependency. The hosts emphasize the importance of recognizing when you're giving too much and learning to say no. This isn't just about reclaiming your life; it's about preserving your mental and emotional health.
Melissa and Jade share their own stories of navigating codependent relationships and offer practical advice for those struggling with similar issues. They stress the value of seeking support, whether through friends, family, or programs like Al-Anon. With online meetings becoming more accessible, finding a supportive community has never been easier. This episode is a treasure trove of insights and practical tips for anyone grappling with addiction or codependency.
Melissa and Jade's empathetic approach makes it a must-listen, offering both hope and actionable advice. Whether you're on your own recovery journey or supporting someone else, this episode provides valuable guidance on breaking free from the chains of codependency.