What's the deal with Co-dependency? If their problem is that they care too much about other people, why do they get together in meetings to share?
And, what's more, why do all the 12-step programs talk about "recovery," when none of them seem to think you can ever really recover?
It occurred to me today that the 12-step model is a bit like faith-healing. You have a disease, and if you trust in God then your condition will improve.
But there's something else you have to do - get together in meetings and talk about your problems in the proper way.
If the illness is metaphorical
The treatment must be rhetorical.