Codependency Stories: Substance Abuse

Continuing our popular stories on real codependents, today we meet A who has been involved with an alcoholic for two years. R, her partner, has been in recovery for a year but the relationship is rocky as he goes through the steps needed to be sober and become a contributing member of society, a responsible adult and a faithful partner. A is reflecting on their time together and how her strong codependent issues have turned to an apathy about the relationship and possible counterdependence. Her is her story in her own words:

“I met R on a night out with work colleagues. He was smart, intelligent and there was an instant attraction on both sides. He seemed to be a gentlemen too, walking me home without the expectation of coming inside, texting every day just to say hello and check in. I fell fairly hard for this charismatic person who seemed to tick all the right boxes. He was very attentive for the first three months and I wanted for nothing in terms of affection. The relationship turned physical after two months and I was happy for it to do so. It seemed natural. The sex was great and after three or four bad experiences with men, I firmly believed I had found the man I could live the rest of my life with. Then one day, it changed. No contact for one day, two days and then a week…

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Dr. Nicholas Jenner

Dr. Nicholas Jenner is a counseling psychotherapist in online private practice working with individuals, couples and groups, dealing with codependency issues, severe depression, bipolar, personality disorders, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and other mental health issues. He has been practicing online for many years and recognized early that online therapy was a convenient method for people to meet their therapist. Working outside the box, he goes that extra mile to make sure clients have access to help between sessions, something that is greatly appreciated. He also gives part of his spare time up to mentor psychology students in a university setting.

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