Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, Where Adults Seek Treatment for Addictions to Other People

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By Michael Stahl A month ago, Jenny’s boyfriend slapped her across the face. In past incidents he’d grabbed her arm and pulled her hair so she couldn’t escape the room. Jenny abided by those violations of personal space, but an outright strike was over the line. “I had set a boundary pretty early for myself,” Jenny, a pseudonymous 29-year-old bank manager from Toronto, says. “And I’m not good at boundaries, but this is one that I guess I kept.” She’s since hit him back with a restraining order, and the time away from her now ex — a drug addict and alcoholic — has helped Jenny realize that she’…

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