Welcome to CoDependents Anonymous
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a set of informal self-help groups made up of men and women with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives. CoDA is based on AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and uses an adapted version of their Twelve Steps and Traditions as a central part of its suggested programme of recovery.
To attend CoDA meetings, all you need is the willingness to work at having healthy relationships. This means that all types of people attend meetings. Visit our ‘Find A Meeting’ page to locate a meeting near you. Individual members can and do have differing political, religious and other affiliations, but since these are not relevant to the business of recovery from Co-Dependency, no comment is made about them.
All meetings begin with an introduction which usually includes the Twelve Steps and Traditions, a Welcome to Newcomers, and an explanation of the format the meeting will take. There may be a speaker, or a reading of a Step or a Topic. The meeting is then open for people to share their experiences, feelings and recovery with the group. There is no obligation to share if you do not wish to, whether you are a newcomer or a long-established member.
Each meeting usually incorporates a collection to cover the expenses of the group (e.g. hire of the meeting room) but CoDA is non-profit making. The meeting will end with a special prayer, called the Serenity Prayer, CoDA is not a religious program and is therefore not affilated to any religious group. After the meeting, newcomers who would like more information can use this time to have their questions answered by more established members.
If you are new to CoDA and would like to find out more,
a good place to start is by reading this leaflet ‘Am I CoDependant?’.
The next step would be to attend a CoDA meeting, details of which can be found by visiting our ‘Find A Meeting’ page. It is suggested, if you are new, that you attend at least six meetings to find out if CoDA is right for you. The way our meetings operate is that you do not need to register, call in advance or “join” formally, all you do is simply turn up before the advertised meeting start time. If you then decide CoDA is for you by continuing to attend meetings you become a member for which there are no fees.
CoDA UK as the name suggests, is the UK arm of a worldwide fellowship.