Ending a Relationship if You are Codependent Jun 17, 2017 13:44:29 GMT -8 havefaith, barbed wire heart, and 1 more like this
Post by Susan P. on Jun 17, 2017 13:44:29 GMT -8
From Addiction to Love . . .
Ending a Relationship if You are Codependent"Success lies in being able to retreat at the right moment and in the right manner. The success is made possible by the fact that the retreat is not the forced flight of a weak person but the voluntary withdrawal of a strong one." The I Ching or Book of Changes
Now and then, no matter how hard you try to turn an addictive relationship into a healthy one, you have to admit defeat and call it quits. The following suggestions may prove helpful if this is the case.
Face your fears:
Fear of loneliness
I'll never find anyone else
I can't make it alone
I'll be alone forever
Being alone is terrifying
I can't take care of the kids alone
I won't find a job
Fear of being a failure:
Leaving is failing
I can't mess up another relationship
Fear of cultural pressures:
I'm a Christian. I can't get divorced.
Fear mixed with guilt:
I am abandoning him
She can't make it without me
I put up with him this long, why stop now
I can't bear to hurt her
I owe her for taking care of me
Fear of reprisal:
She won't let me go without a fight
He will hurt me
He will hurt the kids
She will tell our friends lies
He won't give me financial support
Fear of suffering:
I can't stand the pain of another ending
I cannot let them suffer because I know how it feels to suffer loss and abandonment.
What to Do
Find emotional support (group/therapist)
Be practical. Make plans regarding jobs and housing.
Leave: How you leave depends on your situation and what works. Some people, for the sake of their sanity or because they have children with their partner, have to ease off. Some people can only make the separation if they never see the person again. Some of people can become friends, but only after the grief is over.
Facing withdrawal after you have left:
Make a list of everything that supports your decision to leave.
Re-read it when you are tempted to go running back.
Write in your journal. Express your feelings.
Stay close to your friends:
To get advice
To remind you of why you left
To listen to you
For assistance in re-entry
Separate thoughts from feelings. Change "desperate" thoughts to "manageable" thoughts and let go of thoughts that cause fear.
Deal with depression:
Depression will be part of your withdrawal symptoms. Emotional depression is experienced when love addicts are overloaded with anger, frustration, anxiety and fear. It is experienced midway between letting go and real acceptance. That is, when love addicts have let go in their conscious state (mind) but are still holding on in their unconscious state (heart), they are apt to become depressed. This is natural and part of the process of moving on. Usually their inner child is taking over at this point and they are feeling "blue" because their need to attach with someone has been thwarted once again. And they are also afraid. They feel abandoned and/or rejected. They feel alone and cut adrift from everybody and everything, so they shut down. Remember that depression is a secondary emotional state caused by the primary emotions of anger, fear, and hopelessness. Work on letting go of these feelings and the depression will lift.
What to Do about Depression:
Check with your doctor to see if you have a physiological problem. But be careful; many doctors are too eager to mask the symptoms of depression with drugs and sometimes it is better to deal with your feelings outright.
Read about depression. (Try David Burn's Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy.)
Look more closely at the source of your depression. Is it just the ending of the relationship or did that trigger other feelings left over from the past?
Try to face your depression. By this I mean don't worry about it. Just flow with it until it passes.
Take good care of your health.
Be especially nice to yourself.
Stop blaming yourself.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Don't look at this as failure.
Don't shut down and isolate.
Talk about your feelings.
Try to keep busy.
Keep your spiritual program strong.
Do something new.
Look at the bright side.
Think about what you have learned and what changes you will be making in the future.
Resistance from your partner: Some partners cry, plead, and promise to change. Some partners threaten to hurt themselves. They make a suicide attempt, or they abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Some partners get violent or at least threaten you with bodily harm. Some partners withhold financial resources such ar alimony or child support. All of this is designed to get you to feel sorry for them and change your mind about leaving.
Despite resistance from your partner, try to hang in there. This may mean changing your phone number or getting a restraining order, but if it is time to move on you have to be willing to go to any length.