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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %DETACH ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES CONFUSE 890608 Addicts cannot reasonably be expected to quit their addictive patterns of behavior so long as it is not clear to them what are the consequences of their addictive patterns of behavior. An essential ingredient of addictive behavior is confusion. The behavior of the addicts' codependents which contributes to keeping the addict confused about the consequences of addictive behavior, is a contributing factor in maintaining addictive patterns of behavior. Each time a codependent sacrificially rescues an addict from feeling the consequences of addictive behavior, that rescue helps keep the addict confused about the connections between attitudes, decisions, actions, etc. on the one hand and the natural consequences which flow from them on the other. Not even intelligent people can learn to cope effectively if those nearest and dearest to them are constantly confusing them regarding the connections between decisions/actions and natural consequences. Rescues which confuse people regarding the consequences of their decisions/actions do not encourage people to learn how to behave wisely. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================