I read somewhere (I can’t remember where) that anyone who is involved with an alcoholic is most likely co-dependent. Well, that’s kinda like saying most skinny people do not like chocolate. I know lots of skinny people who absolutely adore chocolate just like I know spouses, parents, siblings, and friends of alcoholics who are not dependent on keeping the alcoholic drunk.
The word co-dependent seems to have been tossed around so much that we could just do away with “wife”, “brother”, “father” and any other relationship status titles. Kleenex is a tissue, but instead of
saying “we need a box of tissue,” we often say “we need a box of Kleenex.” The name Kleenex has become the household word for tissue. The title co-dependent has become the household word for anyone related to an alcoholic.
What does it mean to be co-dependent anyway? Wikipedia defines co-dependent relationships as a “type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction.”