Breaking Free


A Recovery Handbook for “Facing Codependence”
Authors: Pia Mellody with Andrea Wells Miller

In her pioneering Facing Codependence, Pia Mellody traced the origins of codependence back to childhood and a wide range of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and sexual abuses.   Now in this innovative new workbook, she presents a step-by-step journal-keeping method for moving toward recovery from codependence.

Based on such concepts as the “precious child” and the five core symptoms of codependence, along with the Twelve-Step process of recovery used by Codependents Anonymous, Breaking Free provides strategies and insights for attacking the fundamental problem in codependence – the lack of dependence on self.

In a three-part approach to recovery, Mellody:

  • shows recovering codependents how to move beyond denial of their childhood history of abuse.
  • offers techniques to identify concrete ways in which the symptoms of codependence operate in their lives.
  • guides users through the process of identifying and recording specific instances of improvement in their lives as an aid to greater self-awareness and further recovery.

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