Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 13, Issue 5, pp 455–470

Addictions as a process: Commonalties or codependence

  • Teri A. Loughead

DOI: 10.1007/BF00890498

Cite this article as:
Loughead, T.A. Contemp Fam Ther (1991) 13: 455. doi:10.1007/BF00890498


At present, no single theory of addictions dominates thinking in the mental health profession or comprehensively informs about clinical interventions. This article examines the biochemical and psychosocial commonalties of dependence disorders and concludes that similar addictive processes appear to be the foundation of a variety of addictive behaviors. Codependence is suggested as the underlying psychological dynamic pervasive in a host of addictive disorders. Implications for the treatment of codependence as the foundation of addictions is discussed, and a number of intervention strategies are suggested to work with the individual on “family of origin” issues.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Teri A. Loughead
    • 1
  1. 1.116 Wetherill BuildingPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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