Publishing of Challenges ceased in 1998 when the red ink drowned out the black. This site contains material rescued from its original website as well as recent articles by its publisher, Donna Bailey-Thompson, and by the popular relationship therapist, Dr. Roger A. Rhoades.
For excerpts from Donna's book, STARK RAVING SOBER/the true story of her tumultuous marriages to troubled men
and her determination to survive
please visit www.starkravingsober.com
Inc. is a self-help source offering vital and timely information
about codependency, domestic violence, addictions, grief,
illness and loss, joy and spirituality.
refuse to be a victim, are working to overcome addiction (to
anything -- alcohol, substance, food, sex), pulling out of
codependency, moving beyond grief, escaping from the cycle
of domestic violence, or simply celebrating the joy of being
alive and spiritually centered -- you've come to the right
part of the helping community (therapist, clergy, shelter
staff, campus center worker, outreach counselor, activist,
volunteer, etc.) -- you've come to the right place.
was in continuous publication from 1992 to 1998, sharing
vital information with those who are determined to help themselves.
Because Challenges is not affiliated with any 12 step program
or organization, it is in a unique position to recognize the
work of those in the recovery field.
of Challenges as a clearinghouse that pulls together the best
of timely information from many different sources. While Challenges
is not a substitute for professional counseling or participation
in a reputable recovery program, it often serves as a welcome
From subscribers in Alaska
to the Virgin Islands, here's a sampling of readers' feedback:
is the most pithy, professional publication I've seen
(in this field). I know that many people need a publication
in which their experiences can be validated through
prose and poetry, but so much of what I see seems to
keep people stuck in the victim stage. You seem to have
captured an inspirational, spiritual quality without
becoming evangelical or enhancing victimology. At some
point, recovery is about celebrating life--all of it--including
experiences which were once unmentionable. Congratulations!"
~ A counselor in Connecticut.
has helped me see myself in a clearer light...It gives
me courage to deal with me."
sure do love the tone presented in Challenges. It's
great, and consistent... demonstrates continuity and
of quarterly for trauma survivors, California.
my friends and support people, we agree that codependency
is an issue we all face, and all of our addictions were
different--food, alcohol, drugs, sex. You name it, but
it all comes back to our codependent issues. Thanks
for Challenges, and keep up the good work."
a former codependent, I am able now to see how widespread
this phenomenon really is, not only where alcoholism
is involved, but many other forms of abuse and disregard
for common courtesy and respect. My heart breaks when
I see mothers who not only 'take it' from their husbands
but allow their children to control them, instead of
providing the strong leadership and guidance that kids
need. I will pass on the information about your newsletter
to one of these families."
recovered codependent, Maryland.
has had a profound effect on my own continuing recovery
as well as my work as a counselor facilitating codependency
groups. Every issue has been a wonderful source of information
and has been instrumental in helping folks become aware
of their codependence and often they begin breaking
through the denial."