Why Interdependency is So Important

Interdependency involves discussions about roles, rules, and boundaries in relationship

Interdependent relationships have built in expectations that partners express needs, creating  opportunities to support one another.


Expressing Thoughts, Feelings, Needs

In healthy relationships partners are able to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs about issues, providing a map for what works with each partner. Couples develop ways to support each other, while at the same time maintain healthy boundaries and good self-care. Respectfully acknowledging each other’s perspectives increases trust, creates a direction for going forward, and integrates and balances personal and relationship needs.


control, enabling, dismissing feelings

Codependency is a term often used  to describe behaviors in reaction to a partner’s loss of control with an addictive disorder. Triggered by fear, anger, and anxiety, partners attempt to control and assume responsibility for the negative consequences that follow their partner’s addiction. Of course, it’s an impossible situation and leads to partners feeling guilty, angry, helpless, and hopeless despite the very best intentions and attempts. 

Interdependence refers to the mutual responsibility each partner has for expressing and understanding each other's thoughts, feelings, and needs

What Couples Are Saying

Evaluations from Roadmap for the Journey: A Path for Couple Recovery