chapter  10
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Codependency As an Addiction

In my personal experience, codependency is the worst ailment that results from childhood sexual abuse. According to Dr. Timmen Cermak (1986), codependence involves (1) a distorted relationship to power, (2) a confusion of identities, (3) denial, and (4) low self-esteem. All of these signs make it seem as if it would be simple to detect when one is being codependent, but nothing could be less simple or obvious to the person who has not yet discovered or accepted the label of being codependent.