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Recovery from Codependence

A Jewish Twelve Steps Guide to Healing Your Soul

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

6 x 9, 160 pp, Quality Paperback, 978-1-879045-32-3

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“In codependence, the emphasis is on everyone and everything but ourselves....In recovery, we learn how to say no, to set boundaries in relationships, and then perhaps walk away—if necessary—sometimes for a long time, perhaps forever.  It's not without effort....Even if a relationship is worth saving, your active codependence can destroy it.  It will not help it or you and will certainly not convince the other  person in your life to stop drinking or using or gambling or eating compulsively or running around.  But your recovery can nurture a relationship with God while it nurtures you at the same time.”        
—From Recovery from Codependence
This book is not just for Jewish people. It's for all people who would gain strength to heal and insight from the Bible and the wisdom of Jewish tradition.
With the same groundbreaking insight of his Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning From Alcoholism and Other Addictions and Renewed Each Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible, Kerry Olitzky has produced an inspiring new volume that brings healing wisdom to those whose lives are most directly affected by the addiction of a loved one.
Recovery From Codependence: A Jewish Twelve Steps Guide to Healing Your Soul explains how the Twelve Steps of Co-Dependents Anonymous are relevant for Jewish people and all people who would gain strength to heal and insight from Jewish tradition.
You may be a codependent person if you are in a relationship with an alcoholic or addicted person, someone who has an eating disorder, engages in compulsive gambling or sex, if you are addicted to a relationship, or if you are part of a dysfunctional family. Though you may be suffering, broken in spirit, this book can help you be healed, be empowered to take hold of your life, and be made to feel spiritually whole once again.  Using the familiar Twelve Step model, Dr. Olitzky, known for his spiritual leadership and for reaching out to help people in recovery, takes the codependent person on a Jewish journey through the Twelve Steps.
Rabbi Olitzky's inspiring message draws on the experience of Jewish tradition and the personal experiences of recovering codependent people.  He provides Twelve Step support for people of all faiths and backgrounds.
“The disease of chemical dependency is also a family illness.  Rabbi Olitzky offers spiritual hope and support for those who seek solace and practical help.”  
Jerry Spicer, President, Hazelden
“Illuminates the Twelve Steps with spiritual wisdom from the religious system that gave birth to all the major religions of western civilization, and enriches the experience of all of us, Jew and non-Jew together, who include some aspect of the Twelve Step system in our personal programs of recovery and spiritual growth.”  
Aviel Goodman, MD, Director, Minnesota Institute of Psychiatry
“Straight talk with Jewish lingo. What emerges is the unexpected richness of tradition.”
Hadassah
“Another major step forward in finding the sources and resources of healing, both physical and spiritual, in our tradition.  Together we continue our journey towards wholeness, shalom.”
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, TX
“It provides the wisdom of the past for the maladies of today's sad souls.”
Dr. Michael A. Signer, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
“A timely and praiseworthy blending of the recovery process with the Jewish tradition!  A necessary validation for Jews engaging in Twelve-Step recovery programs!”
Rabbi Alan Silverstein, Vice-President, Rabbinical Assembly
“In addressing codependence, [this book] lets Jewish wisdom clarify issues that are familiar to many raised in troubled families, confused by an ethic of mutual dependency and baffled by unfulfilled longings for intimacy and authenticity.”
Robert Goldman, A.C.S.W. Codependency Treatment Center of NY
“For many years, Jewish alcoholics, addicts and family members in recovery have been seeking the compassion, understanding and 'Jewish relatedness'offered by the Twelve Step focused approach of Rabbi Kerry Olitzky....[His] most recent contribution to the recovery field offers us a unique and rich source, providing insight, compassion, and direction towards spiritual development.”
Robert W. Deutsch, PhD, C.A.S., Clinical Psychologist,  
Private Intervention For Public People, Inc.
About the Contributors
Marc Galanter, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, New York University Medical Center, New York.  He is the author of Network Therapy for Alcohol and Drug Abuse: A New Approach in Practice (Basic Books, 1993).
Harriet Rossetto, LCSW, is Director of the Jewish Committee for Personal Service and founder of Gateways Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles.  Beit T'Shuvah is a halfway house for Jewish addicts and offenders that is based on Twelve Step programs and the spiritual principles of Judaism.  

 

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