Should I Leave a Toxic Relationship?

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Should I leave a toxic relationship

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a big decision. In fact, it’s one of the things I see people struggle with the most as a therapist. For a codependent, the decision to leave a toxic or addicted partner is especially hard. You’ve tried and tried, but things don’t ever seem to get better (or […]

Parenting When You Are Codependent: Breaking the Cycle

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Parenting When You're Codependent Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

This post contains an affiliate link. This article focuses on how parents can break the cycle of codependency by learning to parent differently. However, you can use these strategies even if you’re not a parent (or your children are grown). You can apply many of these parenting strategies to yourself. Yep! Sounds strange, but you can […]

5 Triggers That Can Lead to Drug Abuse Relapse

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5 Triggers that Can Lead to Drug Abuse Relapse, substance abuse relapse, alcoholism, codependency

Overcoming any addiction requires a lifelong commitment to recovery. The road is a long one, and for many people, the prospect of seeking treatment is a bleak one. According to the American Addiction Centers, up to 90% of the people who struggle with addiction do not receive the treatment they need. Even those people who […]

40 Self-Help Books Recommended by my Readers

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40 Self Help Books Recommended by my Readers on trauma, parenting, personal development, spirituality

This post contains affiliate links.   I love a good self-help or personal development book. And summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading. The only problem is there are so many great self-help books to choose from! This list was compiled from suggestions from my amazing Facebook fans. I’m sure you’ll […]

The Generational Effects of Codependency

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Generational Effects of Codependency. Codependency is passed down from generation to generation. It's possible to be codependent if you had a normal childhood.

Codependency is most often the result of childhood trauma.  But many readers have written to me, confused because they’re codependent and had a “normal” childhood. “I don’t understand why I’m codependent. I’ve read your posts, but I didn’t grow up in a dysfunctional family. How did this happen?” “Is it possible to be codependent if […]

Mindfulness as a Tool for Self-Acceptance

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Mindfulness as a Tool for Self-Acceptance. Learn to love and accept yourself using mindfulness.

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of staying in the moment, of being in the here and now rather than focused on the past or the future. Many of us aren’t fully experiencing our lives because we’re spending so much time worrying about the future or ruminating about the past. Our busy lives keep […]

Books for Adult Children of Alcoholics

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Books for Adult Children of Alcoholics to heal and recover from toxic parents, codependency, trauma, and abuse.

This post contains affiliate links.     After my recent blog post about growing up in an alcoholic family, I got a lot of requests for additional reading suggestions. We are fortunate that there are many helpful books for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) on healing codependency, trauma, and relationship challenges. Below are some of […]