HEALING THROUGH THE TRADITIONS
The Twelve Traditions of CoDA Message of individual Recovery from the Tradition
1.Our common welfare should come first; 1. Isolation is synonymous with Codependency!
personal recovery depends upon One can’t recover alone, attendance at meetings
and service WILL aid recovery from codependency.
2.For our group purpose there is but one 2. Ego is another form of isolation! Service teaches
ultimate authority -- a loving higher us to listen to those around us (in and out of CoDA)
power as expressed to our group
conscience. Our leaders are but trusted and thus we open ourselves to healing and
servants; they do not govern. harmony. Humility is the ability to voice an opinion
and then listening carefully for what comes next!
3.The only requirement for membership 3. Some may feel inferior, damaged and hopeless.
in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving Service shows us that the CoDA program works for
ANYONE who is willing to do the work.
4.Each group should remain autonomous 4. Live and let live! The ability for an individual to
except in matters affecting other groups have a differing opinion is a gift of recovery and is
or CoDA as a whole.
a lesson of service; for the individual and others!
5.Each group has but one primary 5. First things first! Service teaches that keeping
purpose -- to carry its message to other the focus on ourselves to remember what is
codependents who still suffer.
important and not getting caught up in other
6.A CoDA group ought never endorse, 6. Boundaries are important! When we take on an
finance, or lend the CoDA name to any alien cause we risk tainting that relationship with
related facility or outside enterprise, lest
problems of money, property and prestige codependent patterns and characteristics if we
divert us from our primary spiritual aim. aren’t clear of what our true motive and purpose is.
7.A CoDA group ought to be fully self- 7. Humility through service shows that everyone is
supporting, declining outside responsible for their own life. Recovery cannot be
done FOR another person no matter what we feel.
8.Co-Dependents Anonymous should 8. Being right sized through service teaches us not
remain forever nonprofessional, but to take on too much. Taking on too much robs us
our service centers may employ special
workers. of our individuality and can rob others of a chance
to be helpful. We learn to ask for help.
9.CoDA, as such, ought never be 9. There is a difference between doing service and
organized; but we may create service being served! Service is a humble task where we
boards or committees directly responsible
to those they serve. seek to be helpful to others rather than seeking
prestige through a position; the greater the service
responsibility means the more humility is needed!
10. CoDA has no opinion on outside 10. It is not my place to judge others! Service
issues; hence the CoDA name ought teaches that each has their own journey; harmony
never be drawn into public controversy.
comes when focus is put to the task at hand.
11. Our public relations policy is based on 11. To bring the healing of recovery more into our
attraction rather than promotion; we lives, we LIVE the principles learned through doing
need always maintain personal anonymity
at the level of press, radio, and films. service rather than speaking about how good we
think CoDA is or who we see at a meeting.
12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation 12. In codependent disease people and external
of all our traditions; ever reminding us to forces crush us. Service teaches us about seeking
place principles before personalities.
higher purposes and finding peace, joy and serenity
in our lives and giving that as our gift to the world.
HEALING THROUGH THE TRADITIONS