Melody Beattie

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Melody Lynn Beattie
Born (1948-07-02) July 2, 1948 (age 73)
St. Paul, Minnesota
EducationHigh School
Alma materMinnehaha Academy
GenreSelf-help books
Notable worksCodependent No More
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Melody Beattie is an American author of self-help books on codependent relationships.

Education and career[edit]

Born Melody Vaillancourt in Minneapolis, Beattie graduated from high school with honors. She began drinking at age 12, was an alcoholic by age 13, and a drug addict by 18.[1]

Beattie published 18 books including Codependent No More, Beyond Codependency, The Language of Letting Go and Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want, published in 2010. Several of her books have been published in other languages.


Beattie, along with Janet G. Woititz and Robin Norwood, were popularizers of science, helping to digest and explain the work of psychiatrist Timmen L. Cermak, author of Diagnosing and Treating Co-Dependence.[2] Beattie popularized the concept of codependency in 1986 with Codependent No More, which sold eight million copies.[3]

Codependent No More was published by the Hazelden Foundation[4]

Beattie's early works also served as the first the Big Book for a 12-Step program called Co-Dependents Anonymous. Although "CoDA" now has a conference-approved (official) '"the Big Book" of its own, Beattie's works continue to be central texts in some CoDA meetings.[5]


  1. ^ Beattie, Melody. "About author". Archived from the original on August 12, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Travis, Trish (2009). The Language of the Heart, A Cultural History of the Recovery Movement from Alcoholics Anonymous to Oprah Winfrey. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-8078-3319-3.
  3. ^ J. S. Rice, A Disease of One's Own (1998) p. 2
  4. ^ Taking Care of Herself – TIME
  5. ^ Co-dependent no more celebrates 20th anniversary. | Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly (, 2007)

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