Next events:

1) The next London & Southeast (LSE) Regional meeting is Thursday 6th July 2017 at Hinde Street Methodist Church, 7 - 9 pm

2) The next National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting is at Waterloo Action centre on August 19th 2017, 1-4pm (optional group inventory meeting 10am-12pm)

3) The 2017 CoDA Women's Retreat at Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7 5TQ, Fri 1st – Sun 3rd September 2017 (book by 31st July) - details can be downloaded here. Please note all single rooms are now booked - other types of accommodation still available.

4) The next Sponsorship workshop is 1 - 5pm, Saturday 16th September 2017 at Waterloo Action Centre, download flyer here.

About CoDA UK - information for newcomers

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 kinds of people attend meetings. 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 (eg hire of the meeting room) but CoDA is non-profit making. The meeting will end with a special prayer, called the Serenity Prayer. 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, please read through all the information on this website, especially the page 'Am I Co-Dependent?', and contact CoDA by email if you wish. The best way to get started is to choose a meeting from the list here, and simply go along. It is suggested, if you are new, that you go to at least six meetings to find out if CoDA is right for you. You do not need to ‘join’ formally – if you decide CoDA is for you, simply attending meetings makes you a member.

CoDA UK is, as the name suggests, the UK arm of a worldwide fellowship. Links to other countries' organisations can be found on our links page.