Prodependence is a new path to healing for those who love an addict. Prodependence pushes aside the flaws of the codependency model, which generally suggests that family members of addicts need to ‘detach with love,’ and if they don’t neither the family member nor the addict will change or grow. That advice typically leaves loved ones of addicts feeling confused and misunderstood rather than supported and validated. Prodependence approaches the matter differently, choosing to celebrate and value a caregiving loved one’s willingness to support and stay connected with an addicted family member, while promoting healing for the entire family.
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