excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction.
"the tie that binds most of us together in this trap called codependency"
Like our professional friends, we, too, are aware that there are wrong forms of dependence.
Even when our fortunes had not ebbed that much and we nevertheless found ourselves alone in the world, we still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy kind of domination or dependence.
This very form of faulty dependence has caused many a rebellious alcoholic to conclude that dependence of any sort must be intolerably damaging.
Some of us have taken very hard knocks to learn this truth: Job or no job -- wife or no wife -- we simply do not stop drinking so long as we place dependence upon other people ahead of dependence on God.
Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)