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A source of healing and inspiration for millions, this modern classic spent over three years on the New York Times best seller list and made codependency a household word. Codependent No More contains dozens of real-life examples, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests to help you along the road to recovering your own life. For anyone struggling with a relationship involving alchoholism or other compulsive behaviors, this program points the way to healing and the renewal of hope. Melody Beattie's insights into the nature of the phenomenon of codependency will guide you step by step to the understanding that letting go will set you free.
©1987, 1992 Hazelden Foundation; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Few people understand this idea as well as Melody Beattie, an author recovering successfully from a variety of addictive disorders and entanglements." (AudioFile)
"Bettie understands being overboard, which helps her throw best-selling lifelines to those still adrift." (Time)

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Life changing perspective

In the process of a divorce I decided to go to a therapist to see what I had done wrong, my partner of 15 years was leaving me with no meaningful explanation and I didn't see it coming. She mentioned the term codependency and boundaries to me, I found this book and it lead me to Adult Children of Alcoholics literature and a group. I couldn't believe all of these aspects of myself and my family I thought were uniquely insane were textbook alcoholic/disfunction. We didn't have alcohol in the family but was raised by a dry alcoholic with the same patterns. This has changed my life in such a healthy and wonderful way, I share the info with everyone I think can relate and am always shocked at how many people that is. I have come back to it years later when stress has triggered these behaviors in me and it helps get me back on track. I am so grateful! Great book, if you had any troubling disfunction in your upbringing or relationships after, if you think nobody ever listens to you, this book is for you.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A must hear/read!!

This book changed my life. Best buy ever! Wish I had read it before!!! Its so conforting findiing yourself through its pages. It helped me understand myself and letting go. 100% positive ratings!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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very helpful

down to earth, hopeful and positive, good for people struggling with these issues.

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  • Tammy
  • Orlando,FL
  • 07-23-10

Great

I've listened to this book over & over again. I had the book then got the audio. It has helped me to remember to take care of myself.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Good Book/complex subject matter

I purchased both the hard copy and the Audible version. I am listining to the audible version first and if I need to review anything I can go back to the book and think about it. This is a complex subject matter that can be difficult to understand. The writers does her best to make it digestable for us.
Otherwise it is well read and the speaker is easy to listen to.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Maria
  • Courtice, ON, Canada
  • 08-09-10

EXCELLENT!

For anyone wondering why they are always worn out emotionally and feel the need to "make everyone better and fix everything." This is the book for you. Although Beattie focuses on alcoholism, Codepencency is about more than having an alcoholic spouse. Codependency is about how you cope with dysfunctional relationships where one individual carries the load and doesn't allow the other to face their responsibilities. Excellent listen! Excellent Read as I bought the hard copy as well.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 01-05-09

What an eye-opener

This book will change the way that you look at relationships. It blew me away and helped to shed light on a subject that I had no idea existed until recently. How utterly clarifying!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 09-28-11

So Applicable

Book started off slow, began to think I didn't relate and this may not be the book for me. But.... as the book goes on into the 2nd hour, I realize this book is TOTALLY for me, and is applicable to everyone I know! Just finished it and excited to start listening again. So much to absorb and apply to everyday life. Felt way too many times that the author was finishing my thoughts. The $15 - $20 spent is not even worth thinking about, if you are willing to listen and think about what this book that applies to all speaks of.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Excellent book

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At the age of 35, I had finally realized that I had an issue with codependency, but I honestly didn't know why. No one in my family was an alcoholic or addicted to drugs or anything. Then I became aware of this book. At first, I'll admit, I was worried that this book wouldn't work for me because it seemed to be very focused on codependency related to alcoholism. However, as the book progressed, it began touching on the other causes of codependency. Thanks to this book, I now realize that my codependent tendencies are a result of being abandoned by my father and then being raised in a militaristic family where my opinions, thoughts, and feelings didn't matter. This was a true breakthrough for me. It has allowed me to finally begin to heal the wounds that have been there for years. So even if your codependent issues aren't due to someone's chemical dependency, this book can be a huge help.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Benjamin
  • Arlington, TX, United States
  • 08-08-10

Hits on all cylinders

This is a calming audiobook, and gives clear insight into copdenency and how to manage it.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • 09-02-13

Every mother, wife, woman should own a copy

What did you like most about Codependent No More?

This book was recommended to me by a counselor while I was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is one woman's manual to overcoming struggles and although the book has a heavy emphasis on dealing with alcoholics, and people with dependency issues, something that was not necessarily true for me, it taught me a massive amount about my own thought process and really how I bet myself up way too much mentally.It genuinely changed me for the better and made me feel understood and more aware of my strengths.I purchased the audio version as I really did not feel like reading some "self help" crap, if I'm honest. However I think I made the right choice, the narrator is perfect and I have listened to some chapters over and over.I recommend this if you ever feel your kindness is taken advantage of, you feel under appreciated, you say yes to things because you feel guilty saying no or you have any sort of hurtful, or dysfunctional relationships in your life,You will finally understand everything,

What did you like best about this story?

It is written in a non-preachy way, it is not condescending and unlike other self help books, this can sometimes make you mad, but at yourself. It took me on a journey I will never forget.

Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favourite?

Christina Moore is excellent. It feels like a chat rather than someone reading to you, I cannot recommend her highly enough

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but it is a book you will ALWAYS go back to

Any additional comments?

If your in doubt, but other books are telling you the same old positive thinking diatribe..I cant emphasize enough, this book is a massive seller for a reason, and its one you will pass on

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • chris
  • 12-04-14

Very good for recovery

What did you like most about Codependent No More?

For me, personally, this (audio)book is one of the best I have listened to (read) recently. It not only points out to eventual causes of the disfunction but also to possible ways of recovering from it.

Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Very good reading style.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments: couple of them are "feel what you feel", about anger, grief, 12 Step work and other

Any additional comments?

Genuinly, "high" on my priority list.

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  • whatmakesyou
  • 09-29-17

amazing this book has touched me

amazing this book has touched me in so many ways . great book worth it

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  • lawrie minty
  • 01-05-17

eye opener

this is an eye opening piece, in that, it points out how one gets used to a constant pressing of harmful attitudes. why do I always attract these sorts? because I open the door and they walk in and I dont even think to stop them. this book is helping me put the latch on.

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  • Laura8
  • 12-29-16

Sound volume varies

Towards the end of the book the volume goes down in parts and then back up again.

It is excellent though, very informative and enlightening.

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  • jenny sanders
  • 08-30-16

if you are codependent, thisnis for you

The kindest and most compassionate map to freedom for those of us embroiled in another person's chaos.

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  • Sam Thompson
  • 02-07-16

Amazing

Whether you think you need this book or not, YOU NEED IT!! Very insightful and understandable. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-14-15

Brilliant. Wish I had found this sooner

Covers everything. I didn't even know I was codependent. I just kept attracting the same relationships

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  • Alison
  • 07-01-12

MISS LEADING

I thought that this book was to over published, she does not have a PHD IN PSYCHOLOGY AND FOUND SOME SENTENCES REPEATABLE . ITS OKAY FOR THE LIGHT READER . BUT ITS NOT FOR EVERYONE. SURE IT WILL HELP PEOPLE IN SIMULATIVE CIRCUMSTANCES. ONLY GOT A LITTLE OUT OF IT MYSELF. SORRY....

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  • Jane
  • 03-15-16

Excellent book and narrator!

A book from someone who knows what they are talking about. Life changing advice, I plan to listen to it again. This book can be used for all kinds of situations and not just specifically to partners of an alcoholic. Narrated thoughtfully as if she was the author herself. I highly recommend a purchase.

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  • JUDY
  • 09-01-15

Thank heavens

Thank heavens that I have found this audio book
It is my friend!
So much wisdom is helpful to have