Addiction has many times been described as a “family disease,” meaning that the addict or alcoholic is not the only one who suffers the problems of addiction and adopts dysfunctional behavior patterns. The people closest to the active addict suffer many of these effects, although in very different ways.
Codependency is an obsession with the needs of others to an unhealthy degree, and often develops in a relationship with someone who has an addiction disorder. Codependent people often cover up problems and shield partners from the consequences of their ill behavior, becoming extremely attached to controlling and fixing the person and winning his or her love and approval.
To heal from the destructive effects of a loved one’s internet and technology addiction, one must place a priority on his or her own basic needs. We encourage the use of literature, fellowships and counseling that guide those affected along a path of growth and healing.