The Iceberg is helping me help others!

by Elena

This is the story about how your website has helped me with teaching a class called "Letting Go of Codependency" to incarcerated women.

I am a recovering codependent and discovered CoDA about 18 years ago. I am not a professional, but a believer in continuing education and reached a point where I felt I could make a difference for others.

About nine weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do this within a reentry program and literally jumped in with only one idea for the first class. After four classes with four more committed, I asked the students for feedback and direction and received the question "How does abandonment relate to codependency?"

I could not find the answer in the books I had, so turned to the internet. I found your "Iceberg" and could not have been more thrilled.

The four parts were perfect for four more classes, but as you can probably imagine, that was not enough time. I did my best, but the students were so interested, they asked for a copy of what I had taken off your website.

Inmates do not have access to the internet, and I am delighted that I was able to give them what I could. Next week I begin another series of eight classes, and I am moved to thank you and let you know how much you are helping.

So thank you!

Most sincerely, Elena

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Jan 20, 2010
I'm Grateful
by: Don

Thanks Elena and others who have given such inspiring feedback about the Iceberg! I'm grateful that this, and many other forms of our message of recovery, is getting out there to who really need to hear it most.


Jan 18, 2010
That's Awesome!
by: mxkx

Wow, it is so great to hear that you are passing on the word to others about the Iceberg model! I love it as well and knowing it has helped me a TON with the recovery process. It always feels good to hear about it helping others likewise. Thank you for sharing with us what you've been doing with this knowledge! :)

Jan 18, 2010
What a lovely story
by: Lyn

The Iceberg is such a fantastic model to explain how shame and abandonment from a dysfunctional childhood work beneath the surface and addictions and behaviours manifest above it. I too have benefited hugely from finding the Iceberg. So glad you have gotten to share it with these women who will go on to recover themselves and in turn pass it on to others too. This is the beauty of recovery. Thanks for sharing this.

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