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This book stands out among the current glut of material on codependence because it claims the realm of parenting for its vantage point. The authors believe that codependents must heal themselves in order not to repeat the "less than nurturing" behaviors of their own addicted or emotionally dysfunctional parents. Hence, they couple strategies for recovery with guidelines on what is and is not "normal" in the parent-child relationship. The authors' conclusions will invite controversy; for instance, they suggest that "emotional sexual abuse" of children may lead to homosexuality in adulthood. Nor are they reluctant to generalize: "Although physical and mental illness aren't addictions, their effect on the family is the same." Offsetting the opinionated commentary is great compassion for the helpless, hurt children who live inside adult codependents. Mellody and Andrea Wells Miller are coauthors of Breaking Free: A Recovery Workbook for Facing Co de pend ence ; J. Keith Miller is a freelance writer. Author tour.
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“Mellody is a true pioneer...she offers tried and effective ways to treat codependency. This is a splendid offering.” (John Bradshaw, national director of Codependency TreatmentLife Plus Institute, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You and Bradshaw On: The Family.)See all Editorial Reviews
Her insight on addiction is good but her overall understanding of social issues that contribute to addiction is not elaborated. Read morePublished 18 days ago by carol
Good insight for anyone frustrated over trying to fix someone elsePublished 20 days ago by C. Laurel Brookes
Very old school. I was hoping for more enlightened research. Did not find it inspiring at all.Published 2 months ago by km
The edition that I received is not the edition that is pictured. I thought I was ordering the most recent, updated edition, however I received the first edition.Published 4 months ago by C Bauer
Pretty depressing look at codependence. I think authors like Pia need to be mindful that people who read her books are suffering and looking for answers that heal. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mitzy