For persons with serious mental illness codependent behaviors are pervasive. Dependency often becomes like gas on a fire that exacerbates symptoms, relapses and barriers to successful treatment. Melody Beattie tackles that issue head on in this easy to read, hard to follow, and life changing book. This book above all others seems to be most recommended among families I have treated affected by serious mental illness.
This easy to read book helps us to untangle from the damaged relationships that can develop when we help too much.
When my loved one attempted suicide I wanted, no, I needed answers. Why? What can I do? What did I do wrong? How can I help? What should I say? What shouldn't I say? I found most of the answers I needed in this book.
What We Know, What We Are Learning
This is a really helpful guide for those just trying to understand the science of addiction without the discourse being so clinical that it makes your brain hurt. My favorite section is the stories of individuals and families that have and are struggling with addiction and mental illness. Read this and you will be catapulted forward toward a better understanding of what this illness is and why we all have to change how we respond.