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Product Details

  • Paperback: 593 pages
  • Publisher: CoDA Resource Publishing; 1st edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964710501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964710504
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to change your life, then this is the book for you!
zaneejanee
This book is a great companion piece to The Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Workbook of Co-Dependents Anonymous.
kes
I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they may be struggling with codependency.
Juliet A. Wright

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By E. Hopkins on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Codependents Anonymous is a 12-Step recovery program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. The program is based on the Steps and Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The book is the basic text for the program, which has meetings throughout the United States and internationally. The first half of the book defines codependency and the program of recovery from codependence, while the second half of the book consists of personal stories of recovery. The book is one of many pieces of literature that the program offers, but is generally considered Codependents Anonymous's (CoDA's) "Big Book."
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Romano on November 7, 2012
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I am the adult child of two adult children of alcoholics. When my marriage fell apart and I went into therapy, I was baffled when the therapist said, "No Lisa, you're not crazy, but you are severely codependent."

Because my parents didn't drink, I was confused by my therapist's diagnosis.

And then I read books like Codependent No More and eventually stumbled upon this blue book.

I attended my first codependents group--shy--intimidated--and unsure as to what I might find. I had been bullied my entire life by my adult child of an alcoholic mother. I thought her obsessive need to control every thing I did, including how often I changed my underwear when I was a little girl--was the result of a flaw in me. Her inability to trust me--or to be nurturing towards me--made me feel like I was ill--bad--flawed--broken--and never enough.

I was well into my thirties, depressed, the mother of three small children and in the throws of a excruciating divorce before I began to understand how lost I was inside of my own being.

What I learned to understand was, that codependency isn't like cancer. You can't look at it on a cat scan and say "There it is--now let's go operate and take it out,"

Codependency is us...it is the way we have been programmed by our caretakers--to disown self--to loathe self--to question self--to worry more about others than we do ourselves.

I have turned many of my coaching clients onto this book because I believe so strongly in the enlightening as well as empowering messages about codependency and ultimately--life--that it has to offer.

This book is full of personal stories of triumph and human courage. It will inspire you, and even make you cry. It will warm your heart, as it opens your mind...And if you are willing--it will heal your soul too...

Namaste...

Lisa A. Romano

Codependent Recovery Specialist
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeebs1 on August 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Helpful approach to the 12 steps. Helps to regain focus to ones Higher Power rather than giving power away to someone or something else. Gentle way to loosen the grip of the past. Good emotional and spiritual nourishment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Romano on June 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Codependency is an ambiguous disease process.

Because it is a dynamic that is 'us'...it is not an easy thing to detect.

Unlike cancer or tuberculosis, codependency cannot be diagnosed by scans or blood tests. Codependency is 'us'. It is the way we process information about our selves, the world, others, and our relation to all that is.

If our perceptions of self are faulty, then everything we perceive will also be skewed.

In the end, we are the still observers of all that is...and not our faulty childhood programming.

This book and all of its stories, helps readers gain a clearer understanding of how insidious codependency is...and also allows readers the opportunity to see themselves in each story told.

If self awareness is the readers priority--then this book will help greatly in the breaking of cycles of dysfunctional thought processes that have the codependent bound.

Namaste...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Teacher Ann on August 8, 2013
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The "Big Book" or "Blue Book" is an essential part of many 12-step programs. This is the one for Co-Dependents Anonymous. Most of the personal stories are by people who have had horrific lives of abuse and other unacceptable treatment from others. Some are quite long. I don't remember any that talked about HOW they came to live healthy lives; they seemed to all stop abruptly with some version of "living happily ever after." Of course, the point is to encourage people that the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous is the link between the story & the ending. It did not give me hope. I found many of the stories to be too horrible to contemplate. I would say it should only be read on the recommendation AND close supervision of one's sponsor. Do not try this at home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay P. Hailey on August 25, 2011
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This book contains just the stuff I needed to begin putting the 12 step program of CODA to work in my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggy on March 24, 2014
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I think that the steps are presented too soon. That the emerging emotional pain attendees of CoDa meetings,. and readers of the book, are expressing should be given priority. There is a significant need for individuals working towards healing to experince their feeling and work through them before they get into looking at their character defects. They already feel terrible about themselves. I think this is why CoDa has lost importance in the healing community. Most towns do not have meetings, and if they do, they don't seem to last long.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By victor waters on May 22, 2014
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A general book on codependency recovery. A bit weak in the methods and technical aspects, it is more geared for the individual as a whole, and the fellowship of Coda. The fellowship enjoyed a great success for about 20+ years, but is currently in a decline. I believe this decline is due to lack of applied recovery mechanics within the fellowship. It is a hugely needed recovery within today's society, yet it needs more refinement regarding the step work specific to Coda's.
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