Each month we’ll feature a book or item from our 12-step recovery and inspirational bookstore! These items will be available for purchase inside our Administration Office in Prescott Valley located at:
2651 N. Industrial Way, Suite A, Prescott Valley 86314. Open Mon – Thurs 9 am – 4 pm, and Friday by appointment. Call Suzi or Leslie at 928-772-4184 to learn more.
December Price: $16.50
“It all begins with an honest look at ourselves.” (CoDA p. 3) What a place to begin! As if during the busiest season of the year, ‘I have time to do a little navel gazing’ you may be thinking. Still, if not now, when the pressures of everyday life mount to the breaking point, when?
Without a doubt one of the reasons that adults stay in relationships that are emotionally or physically abusive has to do with ignoring how they feel as well as having experienced abuse and dysfunction growing up. Often the ability to stay in a seriously unhealthy relationship rests on the belief that “I can control this situation.”
Believing that one can manipulate another person’s behavior is the essence of codependent relationships. Codependents have difficulty identifying what they are feeling so that it becomes a normal state of affairs to believe that you’re coping just fine with the highs and lows of life, when the reality is that you’re almost completely numb.
Recognizing the condition of being codependent with another person, begins when one becomes aware of serious emotional, psychological or spiritual pain. Finally coming to the point of saying, “I can’t take it anymore!” is a first step toward healing. In Co-Dependents Anonymous, you will read stories of people who recognized the source of their pain and failure to live a life of joy and fulfillment. They are people from every walk of life so you’re bound to find yourself in there somewhere. Stop living in pain, speak up, speak out and get honest with yourself!