New to CoDA

Welcome to CoDependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.

The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

However you have found your way to CoDA, we welcome you and hope the resources on these pages are useful to you.

CoDA Resources

Am I Co-Dependent?

You may be wondering: ‘Am I Co-Dependent?’ ‘What is Co-Dependence?’ Many of us want precise definitions and diagnostic criteria before we will decide. At CoDA, we respectfully allow psychiatric and psychological professionals to provide these, but what we do offer from our own experience are characteristic attitudes and behaviour patterns that describe what our co-dependent […]

Patterns and Characteristics of Co-Dependency

These patterns and characteristics are offered as a tool to aid in self-evaluation.They may be particularly helpful to newcomers. Denial Patterns: I have difficulty identifying what I am feeling.I minimize, alter, or deny how I truly feel.I perceive myself as completely unselfish and dedicated to the well-being of others.I lack empathy for the feelings and […]

The Preamble of Co-Dependents Anonymous

Codependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common problem is a difficulty in maintaining functional relationships. We share with one another in the hopes of solving our common problem and helping others to recover. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships with others and ourselves. CoDA […]

The Twelve Steps of Co-Dependents Anonymous

We admitted we were powerless over others – that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory […]

The Twelve Traditions of Co-Dependents Anonymous

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon CoDA unity. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority – a loving higher power as expressed to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy […]

The Twelve Promises of Co-Dependents Anonymous

I can expect a miraculous change in my life by working the programme of Co-Dependents Anonymous. As I make an honest effort to work the Twelve Steps and follow the Twelve Traditions: I know a new sense of belonging. The feeling of emptiness and loneliness will disappear. I am no longer controlled by my fears. […]

The Serenity Prayer

God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot changeThe courage to change the things I canAnd the wisdom to know the differenceGrant me patience with the changes that take timeAppreciation of all that I haveTolerance of those with different strugglesAnd the strength to get up and try againOne day at a time

Free CoDA Leaflets

CoDA offers a set of free leaflets covering newcomers, those working the steps, sponsorshop and beyond. Download below: Am I Codependent?Attending MeetingsCommunication and RecoveryEstablishing Boundaries in RecoveryPatterns and Characteristics of CodependenceRecovery from Codependence – An IntroductionWhat is CoDA?Welcome to Co-Dependents AnonymousYour First MeetingCoDA Australia – First 14 DaysCoDA Canada – Newcomers Package

Further Resources

If you recognise yourself in the materials and would like to attend a meeting, use our meetings list to find one nearby.

CoDA produces an array of literature in the forms of books, booklets and leaflets to aid members in their recovery. Many members find literature a good way to connect with the programme and continue the journey of self-discovery provided by recovery. Literature can by purchased at meetings, events, retreats or directly from the CoDA literature supplier:

If you have any questions or enquiries that have not been answered here, please refer to CoDA FAQs or reach out to the general enquiries email