We gather together in CoDA to support and share with each other in a journey of self-discovery … our efforts are to find freedom where there has been bondage.
From Meeting Handbook…
The sense of community and belonging, which are the gifts of our program, begin at the group meeting level. The CoDA community uses the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, which are the foundation for our program, and are guides to our personal behavior and attitudes. They teach us to be respectful and honorable with one another.
A CoDA meeting is much more than a place to sit and tell your troubles, it is a place to meet people like yourself and to learn from those who are different from you; a place to interact with people focused on learning to have healthy and loving relationships.
A CoDA meeting is a group of people who come together around their shared desire for healthy and loving relationships. The meeting uses the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Co-Dependents Anonymous as the basis for working toward recovery. It is a place to find sponsorship and fellowship as well as the sharing of experience, strength, and hope. A strong sense of acceptance and community makes a meeting attractive both to the newcomer and old timer.
CoDA meetings remain strong and have the ongoing participation of long-term members when they demonstrate the qualities of acceptance and community. Members are encouraged to carry on fellowship outside of the meeting by going to coffee afterwards or working with a community committee to plan community events such as picnics, potlucks, campouts/retreats, or other events.
New to CoDA? Or new to 12-Step Programs?
We offer several newcomers meetings where you can learn about the format, ask questions and get to know more about CoDA. To find a newcomer meeting, check on our meeting list, here. Look for the "ncm" in the meeting description indicating that there is a Newcomer's Meeting available.
We have guidelines for sharing to keep our meetings a safe place, which are explained in the beginning of each meeting.