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Beattie was a struggling single parent of two children and freelance author and journalist cranking out stories for a small-town daily newspaper in 1986 when she came up with a book idea. She wanted to write a book about what happens to people when they love someone who is addicted to alcohol and other drugs. Twenty publishers turned down Beattie's book proposal. Hazelden, however, a treatment center and recovery publisher based in Minnesota, saw a need for the book. The publisher understood how families of alcoholics suffer and believed Beattie's book idea would help people. Beattie marched to the welfare department, asked for enough financial help to make it through the three months it would take her to write the book, then locked herself in a basement office and cranked out Codependent No More. Codependent No More has now sold over 4 million copies. Beattie has since written nine more books, five for major publishing houses. She relocated from Minnesota to California, and she has long-since paid back the welfare department. Beattie has appeared in the pages of Newsweek and People and has been a regular guest on Geraldo and Oprah.
While I really appreciated the descriptions of co-dependency (especially the crazy ones), the constant religious references really diluted the message for me. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ShoePerfect
Even though I am an atheist, I am aware of the notion of cause and effect, and of the fact that, in general, if you always try to do good in your life, then you will always like... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
Great book! Little daily meditiations that help remind you of what you learned in other codedpendency books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alissa Greer
Melodie 's daily messages help me to stay on track in my recovery from codependency issues. Written with an easy flow, this book reinforces our need to practice good self-care and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by patricia
This book came to me when I really needed it, at a time in my life when things had reached their climax after many years of being in denial and trying to run from my problems. Read morePublished 16 months ago by waterfalls76
great book all around, lots of good daily readings to get started to a great day. I would suggest this book to anyonePublished 17 months ago by Karen Ritsco,Karen Ritsco