There are 12 step programs that specifically address the issue of codependency such as Alanon, ACOA, and CODA (codependents anonymous). Some treatment centers also offer programs specifically designed to help people address these issues. For example, one renowned rehab center - Caron Foundation in Pennsylvania – not only treats addiction but also offers a “Breakthrough” personal growth workshop that involves a 5-day program that focuses in depth on the root of codependency issues. If you have the ability to attend this popular workshop, it is a great place to start if you are just beginning to recognize codependency issues, at any stage in your sobriety / recovery.
A primary objective of Health In Recovery is to help connect people in recovery to additional resources to augment whatever 12step program of recovery they hopefully already utilize. After all, Bill W. encouraged us to seek “outside help” in addition to A.A. With that in mind, a fantastic simple tool known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) could be the most important “outside” self-help method to have in your toolkit. The following is a review I wrote after reading the e-book called “EFT For Codependency Recovery” by J.P. Bailey that teaches how to use EFT directly on codependency issues:
Upon learning of J.P. Bailey’s work, I was immediately struck by the crucial need that it addresses by brilliantly blending her experience and research on codependency with the growing research on energy psychology and EFT. What a natural fit and effective solution to share with the world to empower the millions struggling with recovery. Her book is a refreshing straight forward explanation of the many codependency traits common to adult children of dysfunction, followed by a comprehensive step-by-step manual to immediately incorporate the tool of EFT to accelerate codependency recovery. I am constantly reminded of the pervasiveness of codependency amidst the recovery community, and EFT is a phenomenal simple tool to help address this otherwise complex and extremely challenging issue.If you would like to work one-on-one with a certified advanced EFT practitioner who specializes in recovery, you can schedule in person or by phone/webcam through Center For Energy.
J.P. Bailey has shared an important contribution to the recovery field with her book and manual, EFT For Codependency Recovery. I confidently recommend it to all my readers, colleagues, and clients.
There is an abundance of literature on the subject of codependency. Explore the help that is available, via 12step programs, specialists, specialized programs such as Breakthrough at Caron Foundation, and other great tools such as EFT for codependency recovery, to overcome the effects of this pervasive condition among alcoholics and addicts and enjoy healthier relationships, emotional health, and freedom from codependency in sobriety and recovery.