Playing It by Heart: Taking Care of Yourself No Matter What

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The effects of codependency that Melody Beattie describes in her work are pervasive, and people often fall back into old, familiar ways that only serve to increase the problem. In Playing It by Heart, the author focuses on fear and how it controls people's lives through victim behavior and repeated patterns of self-defeating action. As one who has lived through what she describes - Beattie is a recovering alcoholic and codependent - she speaks authoritatively about building inner resources and developing the ...
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Overview

The effects of codependency that Melody Beattie describes in her work are pervasive, and people often fall back into old, familiar ways that only serve to increase the problem. In Playing It by Heart, the author focuses on fear and how it controls people's lives through victim behavior and repeated patterns of self-defeating action. As one who has lived through what she describes - Beattie is a recovering alcoholic and codependent - she speaks authoritatively about building inner resources and developing the basis for truly sound relationships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568383385
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 620,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Beattie was a struggling single parent of two children, 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. "There were many books out there about how to help an addict or alcoholic. Nobody was talking about how an addict impacts the lives of the people around him or her, and how crazy you can become when you love someone who is addicted," Beattie said. "Even though I was sober, I didn't know how crazy I could get until it happened to me." Twenty publishers turned down Beattie's book proposal. "It's a good idea, but we don't think there's that many codependents out there," they wrote back. 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 3.5 million copies. Beattie has since written nine more books, five for major publishing houses on the east and west coasts. 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. Playing It By Heart is Beattie's first original book for Hazelden since 1990; the book is a return to her recovery roots that first brought her national recognition.
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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Do you really know what co-dependancy is?

    I thought I new what co-dependency was....I guess not. This book not only explains it but, also tells the story of and addict and co-dependant person. It is inspiring and informative from so many angles. I think people would be surprise how they infact may have characteristics of a co-dependant person and not even realize it.
    A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    A courageous story of addiction and recovery.

    Can't say I've ever read a book so detailed and so very readable from a person who has been down to the bottom, and manages to see light, and climbs up out of the hellish life of addiction. Simply fascinating. My own daughter is an addict in prison for drug related crimes. This book of Melody Beattie's gives me hope that one can come back and do good things for self and others. Anyone looking to read a Real Book of the descent of addiction, and the awaking of recovery, Don't pass this one up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2000

    Incredible

    I was glued to this book. Melody Beatty has written an incredible story about her life and how she has had to deal with it. I am glad she wrote her story, and I am glad not to have had to live through her experiences.

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