Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

In general terms, yoga is an exercise that benefits the body, mind and spirit through an integration of breathing techniques, strengthening exercises, postures and meditation. There are many types of yoga; all are beneficial. Although yoga is a centuries-old practice, it is a relatively new treatment modality in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. Acceptance…

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Why Some People Think Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist

Does sex addiction really exist? Is sexual addiction a true disorder? Or is hypersexuality just an excuse for irresponsible behavior or infidelity? Those are complicated questions, and even experts in the world of behavioral health and addiction will probably never agree on the answers.  Many people think hypersexuality should be classified as an addiction. They…

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Residential treatment and rehab for codependency

At Paracelsus Recovery, we provide holistic and non-12-step treatment programmes for codependency. We will identify all possible root causes of your codependency and then tailor-make a treatment programme to address each of these issues. Our priority is to help you regain control over your relationship and restore your peace of mind.

One Client at a Time

Unparalleled staff to patient ratio of 15:1

How do we treat codependency

Four-week residential treatment

Seven-day executive detox

A day at Paracelsus Recovery


Codependency treatment

Codependent attachment does not form out of thin air, it is either acquired or taught to us as children. If we grew up with one parent who was highly codependent on the other, we could learn that this is how to show others that you love them. We can also become codependent if we experienced childhood trauma. Trauma can lead us to internalise the belief that the world is unsafe and we must work to control it.

At Paracelsus Recovery, we ensure you receive the best treatment for codependency available. During treatment, a psychiatrist and specialised psychotherapist or psychologist will help you process underlying traumas while a live-in therapist will be available to provide you with 24/7 emotional support. We will also address any physical imbalances such as biochemical issues or gut imbalances. Physical health can drastically impact our stress levels and when we are stressed, we are more likely to worry about irrational fears or anxieties which can influence our relationships.

If you are struggling with codependency, our residential treatment in Zurich and London can help you create healthier relationships.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

360-Degree Treatment Approach - The most extensive and comprehensive treatment worldwide.

Medical Check-ups
& Treatments
Eye Movement Desensitisation
and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Interval Hypoxic
Hyperoxic Treatment
Probiotic Therapies
& Psychonutrition
Lifestyle &
Nutritional Counselling
& Bioresonance
& Acupuncture
Personal Training

Signs of codependency

If you think you may have a problem but are unsure, ask yourself

  • Do you cover up your partner’s substance abuse from others?
  • Do you feel selfish when you look after your own needs before someone else’s?
  • Do you find it hard to recognise your own needs?
  • If your partner is in a bad mood, do you feel unable to focus on anything else until they feel better?
  • Are you afraid of being alone?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be codependent.

Understanding codependency

Codependency occurs when we put someone else’s needs before our own. When we sorrow from codependency, we struggle to find self-worth outside of pleasing other people even when they mistreat us. Low self-esteem, fear of abandonment and confusing compassion for love are common characteristics of a codependent personality. Codependency can often be found at the root of many self-destructive addictions.

Codependent relationships tend to be very one-sided and can become acrimonious. Codependency can also make people more attracted to individuals ‘in need’ who are suffering from mental health or addiction issues.

For example, a codependent person might enter a relationship with a narcissist because they will be attracted to someone who requires all of their attention and energy. Codependent people can also be attracted to individuals suffering from addiction because an individual in the thralls of addiction is highly vulnerable. If a person is suffering from codependency, there can be an eagerness to provide other people with excessive help and to minimise the influences of their actions. As such, the person who is struggling with an addiction can become dependent on that help. Together, codependency and addiction reinforce each other, delaying recovery for both parties.


Codependency treatment will involve therapeutic methods designed to help understand and change patterns of behaviour. At Paracelsus Recovery, we believe that the mind-body connection is vital for robust emotional wellbeing so we strive to rebalance your health on physical, psychological and social levels.

Codependency can sometimes become an addiction and it is highly relevant for addictive relationships. However, it is a more nuanced behavioural condition. Codependency personifies when one person puts another’s needs before their own. When codependency and addiction are present in the same relationship, the two behaviours can reinforce one another.

While the answer is never the same for everyone, for most people it begins during childhood. When children grow up in dysfunctional families they can come to believe that love is not unconditional. Instead, it is dependent on how pleased their parent is with them. As a result of these negative messages, children learn that to prevent rejection they must work to continually please their partners.

These conditions are very similar. In simplified terms, love addiction is the end of a spectrum that starts with codependency. Most love addicts will be codependent but not everyone who suffers from codependency will be a love addict. When a person suffers from codependency they cannot see themselves as separate from their relationship. When a person suffers from love addiction, they equally struggle to find the line between where they start and another person ends. They will also excessively idealise their partner(s), obsess over them and use fantasies as a form of escapism

Absolutely. Numerous treatment centres will have psychiatrists, specialist psychotherapists or psychologists capable of helping clients overcome codependency. At Paracelsus Recovery, we treat codependency holistically. We will intertwine various therapeutic techniques to ensure that each treatment programme satisfies your unique set of needs.

Meet the team responsible for codependency treatment