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Codependent No More

Codependency expert Melody Beattie and other recovering codependents share their insights on balancing the need to care for oneself with caring for others. With her typical warmth and sincerity Melody offers us practical suggestions for learning to accept and respect ourselves. She highlights successful methods for integrating the recovery process into our lives. Personal stories illustrate how caretaking controlling rescuing and enabling can be self-destructive. We learn to identify our own codependent behaviors and overcome obstacles to recovery.



Paths to Recovery

Paths to Recovery' is the definitive book for everyone in Al-Anon. It contains both the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Al-Anon plus other core writings that can help you get on--and stay on--the road to recovery. It's the ideal gift for anyone you know whose life is touched by another's addiction.



Self-Esteem: A Family Affair

Strong self-esteem is a critical ingredient for human happiness--and its development begins at home in the nurturing interactions between children and adults. Clarke's unique approach to building self-esteem begins with her belief that this is indeed a 'family affair'. Rather than offering collection of dictatorial 'shoulds', 'Self-Esteem: A Family Affair', instead serves as a source of parental support providing a broad range of imaginative and effective suggestions for dealing with individual family members in ways that nourish self-esteem for all involved. Throughout her book Clarke encourages parents to claim their strengths and to trust their judgment as they make decisions about appropriate child care. Recognizing too that kids' needs are best met by adults whose own needs have not been neglected Clarke offers a range of creative and workable options for parents to build the self-esteem of children while also caring for their emotional needs. Jean Illsley Clarke author of Hazelden's 'Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves Parenting Our Children' is a writer and an internationally recognized parent educator who specializes in the areas of parenting self-esteem family dynamics and adult children of alcoholics. She currently directs the Self-Esteem Center which she founded in 1975 and lives in Plymouth Minnesota. Self-help


The Language Of Letting Go

Melody Beattie integrates her own life experiences and fundamental recovery reflections in this unique daily meditation book written especially for those of us who struggle with the issue of codependency. Problems are made to be solved Melody reminds us and the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own pain and self-care. In this daily inspirational book Melody provides us with a thought to guide us through the day and she encourages us to remember that each day is an opportunity for growth and renewal. The audiocassette offers six guided imagery selections to help us visualize ourselves relaxing and gaining strength in a peaceful setting. A guide to the quiet place within. 


 Playing It By Heart

Beattie understands being overboard which helps her throw best-selling lifelines to those still adrift.' --TIME. Since the publication of Melody Beattie's groundbreaking book 'Codependent No More' millions of people have confronted the demons of codependency. And yet many in recovery find themselves slipping back into the old ways that brought them such grief. In her newest book Beattie helps readers understand what drives them back into the grasp of controlling behavior and victimhood--and what it takes to pull themselves out to return to the healing faith and maturity that come with a commitment to recovery. Personal essays inspiring anecdotes and prescriptive reminders show readers how to stop acting out their painful obsessions. Marked by compassion and keen insight 'Playing It by Heart' explores the author's most intense personal lessons and shows readers that despite setbacks recovery is a lifelong opportunity for spiritual growth. In her many best-selling books including 'Stop Being Mean to Yourself Codependent No More' and 'The Language of Letting Go' Melody Beattie draws on the wisdom of Twelve Step healing Christianity and Eastern religions. 


Codependents' Guide to the Twelve Steps

This book has been invaluable to me as a comforting and challenging resource, especially as I worked through a recent, highly painful relationship loss. I began to understand the 12 Steps much more clearly through Melody Beattie's clear and gentle explanations. Many people I know in 12-step programs use this book, finding that it resonates well with many different types of recovery work.