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Disentangle: When You’ve Lost Your Self in Someone Else (Central Recovery Press, 2011) is about the process of finding your self when you are lost in someone else. It is about the process of creating enough emotional space between your self and another person so you are better able to see the realities of your situation and make healthier decisions about it. It is about the process not necessarily of leaving/divorcing/ending a relationship but rather of creating enough space and establishing a stronger self so you can then decide what to do about the relationship in which you are entangled.

My Life as a Border Collie: Freedom from Codependency (Central Recovery Press, 2012) takes a serious and fun look at twelve behaviors that, in their more extreme forms, are associated with codependence. The book began by Johnston noticing behaviors in Daisy, her border collie mix, that resemble the codependent behaviors in herself which she has been working to moderate through her recovery. “Daily I am struck by our tendencies to attend to others, to herd, to over-react.”

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