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Co-Addiction Free

with Addie Lee

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What Happened to Books for Co-dependents?

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM
Perhaps I am missing out on finding the latest information for co-dependents and where they can get help for their addiction. Even looking in the bookstores does not satisfy my perusing for books on this topic. Back in the 80's and early 90's, there was a myriad of books on this topic but since then, most of the attention has been on the alcoholics or drug addicts or a rush to legalize marijuana. I hear adds on the radio for a miraculous new treatment via a simple surgery which will cure the addict of his/her craving for their drug of choice. All a person has to do is take a trip to the nearest treatment office, undertake the procedure, and lo and behold, awake the next morning and the craving has disappeared. No more endless minutes waiting for the next drink. And the family is now in tact and the relationship with the former addict has improved greatly. First of all, I question that any over-night treatment will be effective, especially since the addiction to the drug has taken its toll on the body, mind and spirit of the addict for many years. It will take a minimum of 2 years to change old habits and adopt new, healthier ones and move forward to a healthy reconstruction of one's life. The same is true for the co-dependents in the former addict's life. The enabler will be devoting at least 2 years to deal with and change old behaviors to newer, healthier ways of behaving.  Furthermore, addicts and co-addicts will have to accept that there is a problem and agree to treatment before any progress can begin. The denial that both people have lived by has to be destroyed and replaced by admitting that there is a problem and that help will be accepted. 

My answer to this problem: I think that people just don't want to read about the disease of addiction and the corresponding behaviors of co-addiction. It's just "too hard". It is easier to continue on, existing under the long established unhealthy rules of a relationship rather than seeking help. However, if book publishers would acknowledge the prevalence of co-dependency and the existing need to generate new information about the condition and treatment, recovery could become attainable for those suffering from the effects of this disease. And---they would undoubtedly sell more books. In addition, by accepting books written by co-dependent celebrities for publication, this could lead to an upsurge of interest and assistance for co's and more book sales as well.

Categories: Education-co-addiction, addiction and recovery

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