A brilliant new guide to understanding the origins of codependence and the path to
recovery by a nationally recognized authority on dependency and addiction. In this
fresh new look at codependence, Pia Mellody traces the origins of this illness back
to childhood, describing a whole range of emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical,
and sexual abuses.
Because of these earlier experiences, codependent adults often lack the skills necessary
to lead mature lives and have satisfying relationships. Recovery from codependence comes
from clearing up the toxic feelings left over from childhood and learning to reparent
oneself by intervening on the adult symptoms of codependence.
Central to Mellody’s concept is the idea of the "precious child" that needs healing
within each adult. She creates a framework for identifying codependent behavior and
describes an effective approach to recovery that includes both therapy and self-help
processes. Designed to be used with her new workbook for codependents, Breaking Free,
this is a powerful tool for understanding the nature of codependence.