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Cross Addiction & Co-Dependency

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The tendency of an addict to move from one substance, or process (‘process addiction’)to another when unable to indulge in the primary addiction. This can be someone already in a full blown addiction, but also in those attempting to gain recovery.

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This pattern comes from an attempt to ‘medicate’ any negative feelings being experienced. Addicts are usually seeking to medicate their mood in an attempt to dull down or avoid emotional pain, even when they’re not aware of it

Whatever substance or process you are addicted to, the process involved is usually the same. There’s an underlying problem or issue that’s causing anxiety, and you are trying to alleviate it through an addiction. We may not consciously think about this anxiety; in fact, we may not even be aware of it.

These hidden feelings of discomfort can be the result of deep-rooted emotional issues that aren’t always obvious, but the background anxiety they cause is always there, eating away at you.

At Serenity Addiction Centres every addict we have ever met seems to struggle from oversensitivity to emotional distress. Often, they’re not even aware of this or to scared or shamed to admit it – but when we talk to them and lead them through our treatment programme, in order to get beneath the surface of their problems, we commonly find that this is the case.

Co-dependency is closely linked to addiction, and it usually develops due to the experiences we have during childhood. Most addicts have experienced childhood issues that provide clues about their behaviour in later life. It is a further process that addicts use to fix themselves through relationships. If left untreated a healthy ‘interdependency’ becomes co-dependency, becoming completely reliant on others for a sense of self-worth.

At Serenity Addiction Centres we work on the complete person, we will help you face historical events that you feel have triggered your negative patterns; we will hold you as you unravel your complex relationship with yourself and others.

We understand that taking the decision to commit to rehab can be difficult, you can schedule a tour of one your local rehab centers to see the available facilities, resources and environment. This can help you with taking the first steps towards your rehabilitation.


  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Cross Addiction
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Depression
  • Internet Addiction
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
  • Self Harm
  • Trauma
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Process disorder rehab
  • Intervention
  • Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Rehab facilities

We have rehab and detox clinics all across the UK to help you on your journey to recovery. Click here to find rehab centres & facilities near you.

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The best way to get started is to give us a call at 0800 118 2892 for free advice and assessment. Let us help you or your loved one figure out the best treatment plan for your alcohol addiction so you can get started on your journey to recovery.