Author(s): Melody Beattie
It's one thing to recognize that a loved one's problems with alcohol or other drugs are making your life unmanageable. It's another to recognize that you can't be the solution. Melody Beattie's long-awaited and much-needed workbook provides readers with a personalized how-to guide for breaking the bonds of codependency. The handbook is designed to help readers gain self-awareness and take responsibility for themselves rather than be overwrought and overwhelmed by a loved one's destructive behaviors. With revealing and liberating insight, Beattie addresses core tenants of self-care such as setting boundaries, detaching from a loved one's problems, and developing self-acceptance that isn't based on the approval of others. "The Codependent No More Handbook" is not about how to get an alcoholic sober. Rather, this workbook is about the readers' most important responsibility: How to take care of him- or herself. It is a long-awaited companion to Melody Beattie's "New York Times" bestseller "Codependent No More". Beattie has a strong following; her books are known and trusted by millions. It contains exercises which help readers identify and change codependent behaviors. It is written with a powerful blend of compassion and candor.
Book Review: Melody Beattie's Codependent No More Workbook. One amazing insight I had while I read Melody Beattie's new "Codependent No More Workbook" a sequel to her 1986 bestseller, "Codependent No More, " reissued this month by Hazelden's press is this: I drank and took drugs to cope with my 'feelings' about the unbearable shit I tolerated as the child of an alcoholic family. Otherwise, I might have killed myself. So, in sense, drugs and alcohol saved me.
Yeah, "feelings" read frenzied rage, crippling fear. Flaming. Paralyzing.I wasn't abandoned, kidnapped or raped. What happened to me was, as just one example, my mother made me into her therapist and Best Friend. She griped about her unhappiness with her husband (my father) and their nonexistent, or often subpar, sex life. I thought it was my job to listen to it. It made her feel better. And then, he would come home and start drinking. And she would look at me, knowingly. And I had to keep her secrets.The whole drama ga
Melody Beattie literally "wrote the book" on codependency. Beattie's signature work, Codependent No More, has more than four million copies in print and is considered the "go to" text for anyone struggling with family addiction issues. For two decades, Melody Beattie's bestselling books about addiction, recovery, and self-help have endeared her to millions of readers who long for healthier relationships. Her most recent book, The Grief Club, is a profoundly personal, powerfully healing guide to getting through life's losses.