The Codependent Bill of Rights

  1. I have a right to joy in this life, even when other people have problems.

  2. I have a right to relax and have fun in nondestructive ways.

  3. I have a right to actively pursue people, places, and situations that will help me achieve my goals.

  4. I have a right to say no whenever I feel something is not safe or I am not ready.

  5. I have a right not to participate in either the active or passive crazy-making behavior of parents, siblings, spouses, children, or others.

  6. I have a right to take risks and to experiment with new strategies.

  7. I have a right to change my mind.

  8. I have a right to make mistakes and disappoint myself.

  9. I have a right to leave the company of people who put me down, manipulate or hurt me, including my family.

  10. I have the right to end conversations when I feel shamed or otherwise abused.

  11. I have the right to all of my feelings.

  12. I have a right to take time to change.

  13. I have a right to a sane way of existence even if it deviates from my parents’ beliefs. I have a right to live my life as I see fit and not wait until anyone else gets well.

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