Teens / Young Adults & CoDA Meetings

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Subject: Teens / Young Adults & CoDA Meetings
Date: January 28th 2016

This message was originally sent in 2 parts on 2/27/11 & 3/9/11 by the 2011 CoDA Communications Committee: comm@coda.org


This message is being sent by the Communications Committee for two purposes:

To affirm the concept that "All ages can attend CoDA meetings."

All this with an eye to what role is indicated, or not, for the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous in respect to recovery, growth, education, learning, human development, pain, suffering, healing, spirituality, emotions, mental and physical health and support for any or all involved.


We received several responses to our recent mailing regarding teens at CoDA meetings. This is a follow up to clarify a few points.

For many years CoDA had a committee called CoDA teen and efforts were made in a variety of locations to start meetings specifically for teens. Unfortunately none of these meetings were successful for a variety of reasons. In 2007 the CoDA world fellowship voted to disband the committee. There are currently no plans to reinstate this committee at this time.

As one person pointed out, CoDA is currently a "fellowship for men and women" which might imply that teens are not welcome. Alcoholics Anonymous is also described as a "fellowship for men and women" and yet teens that have a problem with alcohol are definitely welcome at AA meetings as evidenced by their website. Also, our 3rd tradition states: The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. This would seem to imply that any teen looking for healthy and loving relationship should be welcome at our meetings.

Someone else stated that having a teen at a CoDA meeting makes him uncomfortable about sharing fully. Another person brought up the fact that a meeting exists that has set a minimum age of 18 for attendance. These both point out areas where it is up to the group conscience of the meeting to determine policy for that meeting. Per our 4th tradition: Each group should remain autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CoDA as a whole. Therefore, CoDA world does not establish policy of this type or at this level.

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