Hello, my name is Mary and I am co-dependent.
I just created this community, having had a wonderful experience at the Onsite campus in Cumberland Furnace, TN. I know what a powerful tool LiveJournal can be for getting the word out to people, and I do not know anyone who could not benefit from a few days with the program.
Over the past few weeks, I have been through both the Insight and Living Centered programs, and things are changing, my friends! Before I went, my life was OK (not great, but OK). I had a vague sense of dissatisfaction, but I just figured that life's not perfect. But Onsite taught me self-awareness to a degree I never thought possible.
I now know that I can go anywhere and do anything I want to do. I learned that life can be good! Life can be an adventure! It doesn't have to just be OK. I learned how to listen for and trust my inner child and Higher Power, and hence myself.
I know how to watch for the red flags of co-dependency in myself and others. I have learned so much! But recovery is a process, and it's a long one. Most of us have deep-seated issues left over from our childhoods, which have spilled over into destructive patterns in our adult lives.
Many parts of recovery can be painful and exhausting, like surgery, but we cannot find true emotional health until we extract those addictions, patterns and negative ways of thinking that are harmful to us.
I just wanted to post a welcome message for now. I will share some of my stuff later on. I just wanted everyone to know that this is a safe space where you are free to talk about anything from your past without being judged or criticized. Come here when you need advice, need to get something off your chest, or just need a friend. Current Mood: recovering