Codependent Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old codependent quotes, codependent sayings, and codependent proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A codependent person is one who has let another person's behavior affect him or her, and who is obsessed with controlling that person's behavior.

Melody Beattie

Addiction is just a little hiding place where sensitive people can go so we don't have to be touched by love or pain.

Glennon Doyle Melton

An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.     

Criss Jami

Addiction is the dominant form of a culture that suffers from a superficial spectacle and celebrity connectivity at its center. It's a form of spiritual emptiness.     

Cornel West

Codependents are reactionaries. They overreact. They under-react. But rarely do they act. They react to the problems, pains, lives, and behaviors of others. They react to their own problems, pains, and behaviors.     

Melody Beattie

People use drugs, legal and illegal, because their lives are intolerably painful or dull. They hate their work and find no rest in their leisure. They are estranged from their families and their neighbors. It should tell us something that in healthy societies drug use is celebrative, convivial, and occasional, whereas among us it is lonely, shameful, and addictive. We need drugs, apparently, because we have lost each other.     

Wendell Berry

Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.

Jean Kilbourne

It is one thing to know about your dysfunctional habits but quite another to change them.     

David W. Earle

In all codependent relationships, the rescuer needs the victim as much as the victim needs the rescuer.     

Barbara De Angelis

Codependency is about normal behaviors taken too far. It's about crossing lines.     

Melody Beattie

There's always something in it for the person who is allowing to be taken advantage of.     

P.A. Speers

But codependency is inappropriate, over-the-top loyalty, caring and supportiveness.     

David Stafford

Addiction is a relationship, a pathological relationship in which obsession replaces people.     

Patrick Carnes

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