Books

These are some of the Top-Rated books for those struggling with codependency. Some I have read and others I have not but will be in the near future and reviewing on my site. All have great reviews and have helped many people who struggle with the various issues of codependency.

I will add to this list as times goes on. If you have suggestions, please let me know.


Books


Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You

A nationally recognized author, speaker and codependency expert examines the roots of shame and its connection with codependent relationships. Learn how to heal from their destructive hold by implementing eight steps that will empower the real you and lead to healthier relationships. More Info


Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one of America’s best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life. More Info

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Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time

In simple, straightforward terms, Beattie takes you into the territory beyond codependency, into the realm of recovery and relapse, family-of-origin work and relationships, surrender and spirituality. More Info

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The New Codependency: Help and Guidance for Today’s Generation

In Codependent No More, Melody Beattie introduced the world to the term codependency. Now a modern classic, this book established Beattie as a pioneer in self-help literature and endeared her to millions of readers who longed for healthier relationships. Twenty-five years later concepts such as self-care and setting boundaries have become entrenched in mainstream culture. Now Beattie has written a followup volume, The New Codependency, which clears up misconceptions about codependency, identifies how codependent behavior has changed, and provides a new generation with a road map to wellness. More Info

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Breaking Free of the Co-dependency Trap

This bestselling book, now in a revised edition, radically challenges the prevailing medical definition of co-dependency as a permanent, progressive, and incurable addiction. Rather, the authors identify it as the result of developmental traumas that interfered with the infant-parent bonding relationship during the first year of life. More Info

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Love Is a Choice: The Definitive Book on Letting Go of Unhealthy Relationships

Best-selling doctors, Hemfelt, Minirth, and Meier, walk you through their ten proven stages to recovery from codependency that results from external circumstances. Humans are susceptible to codependency because of our sinful tendency to use defense mechanisms to fool ourselves. In codependent relationships, deceitful games are played, and important Christian principles are often taken out of context and abused. God wants us to have healthy relationships with a balance between being dependent and independent. More Info

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Healing the Shame that Binds You

In an emotionally revealing way John Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to super-achieve. The result is a breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives. We are bound by our shame. More Info

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Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life

To regain control of your life, you’ve never needed Boundaries more than you do today in today’s always-on, always-connected digital world. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the New York Times bestselling book on Boundaries – the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life – physically, emotionally, spiritually. And now, over 2 million changed lives later, Cloud & Townsend have updated and expanded this bestseller with essential guidance for setting Boundaries in today’s digital age. More Info

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Women Who Love Too Much

This is the world-renowned, inspiring, practical program for women who believe that being in love means being in pain. A multi-million-copy bestseller, Women Who Love Too Much presents a clear, comprehensive, 10-point recovery plan for women who are addicted to the wrong men for the wrong reasons. More Info

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Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives

Pia Mellody creates a framework for identifying codependent thinking, emotions and behaviour and provides an effective approach to recovery. Mellody sets forth five primary adult symptoms of this crippling condition, then traces their origin to emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses that occur in childhood. Central to Mellody’s approach is the concept that the codependent adult’s injured inner child needs healing. Recovery from codependence, therefore, involves clearing up the toxic emotions left over from these painful childhood experiences. More Info

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Codependency – “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”: Learn How To Cultivate Healthy Relationships, Overcome Relationship Jealousy, Stop Controlling Others and Be Codependent No More

If you’ve had difficulty with starting or maintaining relationships, issues with feeling jealous and possessive or find that your connections with others are more a source of distress than anything else, this book is for you. More Info

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Workbooks

Boundaries Workbook: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life

The New York Times bestselling book Boundaries has helped millions understand that being a loving Christian does not mean never saying no. This newly updated and expanded companion workbook provides practical exercises for setting boundaries in marriage, parenting, business, and friendships in a digital age. More Info

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Codependent No More Workbook: Exercises for Learning to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

This highly anticipated workbook will help readers put the principles from Melody Beattie’s international best seller Codependent No More into action in their own lives. More Info

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Journals

My Journey to Discovering Me: A Journal for Codependents

Journaling is an amazing way to process and release all the negative feelings and emotions, we as codependents seem to hang on to, to justify (whether consciously or unconsciously) our unhealthy behaviors. It also helps us to process situations we are currently going through in a healthy and positive way. There is power and freedom in releasing those negative feelings and emotions on paper. My hope is that as you begin to journal, you will begin to experience that power and freedom. More Info

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Journaling Joy: 101 Journal Writing Prompts for When You’re Stuck (Journaling with Grace)

Journaling has many proven benefits, from mental and emotional health to physical well-being. But sometimes, self-exploration is not the easiest task to tackle. You might open your journal and stare at the blank pages, not knowing what to write. It might seem as if there is too much, or nothing at all, to write about. More Info

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The Language of Letting Go Journal: A Meditation Book and Journal for Daily Reflection

This journal, a companion to the popular meditation book of the same name, offers exercises for daily reflection, affirmation, and change in helping people let go of self-destructive thoughts. More Info

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Adult Coloring Journal: Co-Dependents Anonymous

Clinical Therapist, Courtney Wegner has carefully selected the illustrations and 12 Steps prompts in this interactive adult coloring journal for their meditative power to enhance the recovery of anyone engaged in a 12 Step program and to aid in their journey of self-discovery and an addiction free path to happiness. The 12 Step prompts contained here are an excellent tool and aid for anyone taking the 12 Steps. More Info

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