Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody

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In books on addiction
Sep 17th, 2014



If you are looking for codependency books that really get to the root causes of many codependent issues, be sure to check out

Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody

First published in 1989 and since updated, the book's long title is Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives.  Mellody's book is another of the better books on codepedency out there because it both gets down to causes and conditions and offers a framework for recovery.  A lot of the material deals with healing the injured inner child of the adult in order for them to be able to move forward and have healthy relationships as friends, partners and parents.

People who swing to a polar opposite of a dysfunctional behavior to find recovery are invariably disappointed. This is because the opposite of dysfunctional behavior is more dysfunctional behavior, and that's not recovery. Functional behavior is somewhere near the center between two extremes.” - Pia Mellody

There are a lot of personal stories in the book that are designed to allow the reader to either identify, or not, with particular situations and the feelings associated with them.   A lot of abuse descriptions may be difficult to read but it also brings to light for many that they are not alone when so many who suffer from abuse are sure that they are.  The book helps to illustrate how abuses and past events have shaped the way that we live our lives and interact with others, many times in a not very healthy way.   The only gripe with this book is that it leans heavily on identifying behaviors and symptoms and not quite enough on solutions.  There is some talk of solutions, such as joining a 12 Step Program, but not quite enough.  Regardless, it is still an excellent book for those interested in codependency issues.

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