Addictive Relationships: Relationships Styles

Addictive Relationships: Relationships Styles

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Compulsive, Apathetic, and Healthy

Relationship Styles examines three types of addictive relationships:

  • Compulsive - both partners crave intensity without sharing any real substance
  • Apathetic - both partners seek to avoid pain, they want to get along with each other with a minimum of involvement, expectations, and pain
  • Healthy - both partners find mutual respect and happiness in a relationship that does have its ups and downs.

These three types of relationships are different in eight important ways:

  • Expectations
  • Gratification
  • Communication
  • Influence
  • Trust
  • Boundaries
  • Sociability
  • Consequences

These areas are explained as to how they apply to the three types of addictive relationships.

Claudia Black, Ph.D., MSW is an addictions and codependency expert, renowned lecturer, trainer and author. Claudia's videos and books are used in family treatment programs worldwide.

Terry Gorski, MA, CAC is an internationally recognized author, lecturer and therapist.

30 minutes