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Breaking Free: A Recovery Workbook for Facing Codependence Paperback – December 13, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0062505903 ISBN-10: 0062505904 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (December 13, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062505904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062505903
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Offers tried and effective ways to treat codependency . . . Splendid." -- John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You

About the Author

Pia Mellody is an internationally renowned lecturer on the childhood origins of emotional dysfunc-tion. Her recovery work-shops have benefited people all over the world and her bestselling books have been translated into many languages. She is a member of the faculty at The Meadows Treatment Center, a residential center for victims of trauma, emotional abuse, and addictions, in Wickenburg, Arizona.


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I would highly recommend this for step work.
Biologist in Training
I read this Breaking Free Recovery Workbook after Dr. Andy's and it added further personal exploration on codependency challenges.
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The book came on time and was in excellent shape.
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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful companion workbook to Pia Mellody's Facing Codependence. Mellody first has you read specific pages in Facing Codependence, after which she has you complete the corresponding writing exercises in Breaking Free. The exercises are short, thorough, and extremely well organized -- and because of that, not hard to do. Keep in mind though that if you do the exercises, you might never think about your relationships the same way again. And that's a GOOD thing -- or at least it was for me. I'd highly recommend this to anyone wanting to change dysfunctional relationship patterns.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
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This workbook enables you to look at your attitudes, feelings and behaviors by using exercises that review daily life. In addition, by encompassing the tradidtional AA 12 Steps, you can focus your recovery on letting go, relying on your God and admitting your excessive emotional outbreaks. It helped me immensley to find out how to turn on my light from the inside instead of expecting and wishing that it would happen from those around me.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Hadley Woods on May 14, 2007
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It took me several years before I was ready to work this book. I would pick it up, get paralyzed with fear, and then put it down. Once I was ready, it changed my life completely. I buy a new one every year or so, and work it for different reasons. Totally changed my world. I am forever grateful to the author.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David Lutz on March 17, 2003
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This workbook is the best I've used for codependence recovery, I highly recommend it when used in conjunction with Facing Codependence (Don't get the workbook without also getting Facing Codependence).
It's really helped me make some great strides and insight into my dysfunctional boundaries and behaviors.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By K. Cooper on May 15, 2005
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This workbook, to be used in conjunction with "Facing Codependency" is a fantastic tool in breaking the heavy denial that comes with codependency, taking a clear objective look at where the codependent beliefs came from (without blaming others), seeing the true impact of this disease on our lives and based on that information helps us to decide for ourselves clearly what steps to take to work towards true freedom and recovery. I appreciate that both these books encourage self-responsibility and does not just present the (yes, depressing at times) negative aspects of this devastating disease but the HOPE of what "freedom" looks like and very specifically as we work through the book what health and freedom will look like for us! Happy recovery!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2003
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This book takes the premise that it will root out and rid you of your denial. I am sure that is helpful, but it is very painful. I got this book because I was feeling overwhelmed with realizing how bad things had gotten in my life and was looking for help. I am more depressed than ever. This is not the place to go for hope. But, I think it is probably true that when you have stalled in your recovery or have reverted without realizing it, that it is because you have fallen into denial. And she is trying to lessen that. Probably overall key to recovery, but very difficult in the moment. I am sure that it is a neccessary piece of recovery to be balanced against other more hopeful tools.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Romano on September 12, 2012
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Breaking Free isn't just a well written book that does an incredible job at describing the cesspool of toxicity that can be the thinking of the codependent mind--but it also allows for the no nonsense deconstruction of those thoughts through tangible exercises the reader can slowly adopt into their own lives.

For anyone who understands how thick codependency is, they will greatly appreciate the practical explanations as well as exercises this workbook has to offer.

Because I am an author who is passionate about spreading the bad as well as good news about codependency, I read as much material as I can on the subject.

I firmly believe that because "codependent thinking" is infused throughout society--and the world--that it can be a minefield of obsessive and worry filled thoughts one must learn to acknowledge are simply faulty.

Coming to intellectual terms that the very basis of ones perceptions are dysfunctional can be terrifying. Codependent recovery requires great and deep humility as one willingly challenges their own self limiting belief systems and is called to question--everything about their life.

As a recovering codependent myself--I have great respect for anyone who willingly embarks on this type of soul recovery mission. Codependent recovery is not for the weak spirit--for it is a journey that will require great tenacity, determination and pure will to one day live the life every soul born was intended to live.

Codependent thinking is the result of child abuse, as well as the result of having to grow up in homes whose everyday living experiences were unusually stressful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Biologist in Training on January 19, 2009
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The most thorough and extensive workbook on this subject I have ever seen. Tons of provocative, pertinent exercises that I feel are vital to recovery. I would highly recommend this for step work. Great for a step study group as well -- just don't expect to get through it quickly. This author takes recovery very, very seriously.
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