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321 | Addicted to You: The Role of Boundaries and 12-step Recovery in Treating Codependency

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Social Work: Current Developments, Trends, and Best Practices, Workshop Tracks


John Eklund, M.S.W.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Amid the most devastating drug epidemic in history, a comprehensive strategy for treating families and loved ones of those suffering from substance use disorders is often neglected. Failing to treat the family and social systems of those battling substance abuse risks perpetuating the cycle of addiction. Recognizable patterns of dysfunctional emotional, social, and physical behavior in the family and loved ones of those suffering from substance use disorders have long been identified by healthcare professionals as codependency. Codependency shares symptoms of dependent and borderline personality disorders, though neither diagnosis encompasses the relational elements common with codependents. In this workshop, the symptoms of codependency will be examined, along with the impact of addiction on family systems and how family members can impede the progress of their loved ones through addiction counseling. Treatment options, including boundary implementation and the 12-step recovery model, will be explored for treating codependent individuals and families.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the originations of codependency, and codependency’s current relevance in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
2. Discuss how to develop a family and social systems approach to substance use disorder treatment.
3. Discuss how to develop treatment options for codependent recovery.
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