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Melody Beattie is the author of numerous books about personal growth and relationships, drawing on the wisdom of Twelve Step healing, Christianity, and Eastern religions. With the publication of Codependent No More in 1986, Melody became a major voice in self-help literature and endeared herself to millions of readers striving for healthier relationships. She lives in Malibu, California.
Book Review: Melody Beattie's Codependent No More WorkbookOne amazing insight I had while I read Melody Beattie's new "Codependent No More Workbook" a sequel to her 1986 bestseller, "Codependent No More, " reissued this month by Hazelden's press is this: I drank and took drugs to cope with my 'feelings' about the unbearable shit I tolerated as the child of an alcoholic family. Otherwise, I might have killed myself. So, in sense, drugs and alcohol saved me. Yeah, "feelings" read frenzied rage, crippling fear. Flaming. Paralyzing. I wasn't abandoned, kidnapped or raped. What happened to me was, as just one example, my mother made me into her therapist and Best Friend. She griped about her unhappiness with her husband (my father) and their nonexistent, or often subpar, sex life. I thought it was my job to listen to it. It made her feel better. And then, he would come home and start drinking. And she would look at me, knowingly. And I had to keep her secrets. The whole drama ga