New Evolution in Codependency Treatment.
Mary’s revised 2012 edition offers a three-pronged solution to a serious disorder traditionally viewed from one perspective (behavioral). "Awakening Hope" is the result of a devastating relationship loss by the author, Mary Crocker Cook, who relates her experience with a candor and humor unusual for a therapist. Supported by solid research, Awakening Hope presents a comprehensive model that includes:
An in-depth examination of the early attachment disruptions which lay the foundation for adult codependency.
The anxious and avoidant relationship behaviors we develop due to lack of trust.
The link between early attachment disruption and adrenal/immune system damage.
Strong, clear treatment guidelines for codependents and their treating clinicians.
The book includes additional vignettes illustrating key concepts as well as new insights from Mary’s personal recovery. From basic theory to unflinching reality, "Awakening Hope" is that rare balanced blend of digestible information for those of us who want to know “why,” and practical strategies for those who simply want to stop crying.
"Awakening Hope" is divided into four parts; in its first two parts, Cook breaks down the psychological aspects of codependency, particularly Attachment Theory and codependency symptoms. Cook devotes the entirety of part three to describing the physical consequences of codependency, largely ignored by counselors, and to explaining their connection to what goes on in the mind.
In Part Four, the book comes full circle and ends with the treatment of codependency. Just as Cook discussed the individual symptoms in previous chapters, she returns to this outline and provides methods for recovery. These methods guide the codependent away from the self-destructive patterns in their relationships and give the sufferer a basis for forming healthy relationships. Cook also discusses the treatment of codependency--how it has changed, what has worked, and how codependency should be approached both clinically and by the sufferer.
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About the Author
For more information about Mary’s counseling services or presentation topics visit: www.marycrockercook.com