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Why the Codependency Myth of Drug Addiction Needs to Die

VICE NEWS (10/25) – Changes are, if you have been affected by drug addiction or just watched enough reality TV, you’ve heard something about the concept of “codependency.” It’s the idea that partners and relatives of addicted people basically have a disease just like their loved ones – leading them to “enable” the problem by preventing addicts from “hitting bottom.” After gaining currency in the 1980s, the concept is now infiltrating America’s latest national conversation about heroin addiction. The only problem is that it is inaccurate, unscientific, and harmful. Read more

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