Adult Children of Alcoholics

Can I Be Codependent if I Had a Good Childhood?

Codependency is usually the result of childhood trauma.  But many readers have written to me, confused because they’re codependent and had a good childhood.

“I don’t understand why I’m codependent. I’ve read your posts, but I didn’t grow up in a dysfunctional family. How did this happen?”

“Is it possible to be codependent if I didn’t grow up with an alcoholic?...
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Are You in a Codependent Friendship?

Friends play an important role in our lives. A friend is a trusted confidant, someone who “gets” you like no one else, and a source of fun and solace. A true friend has your back and supports you through life’s ups and downs.

But friendships, like any other relationship, aren’t always healthy. Not all friendships are mutually supportive and satisfying.

If you’re someone prone to codependent traits (such...
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