CoDA: Open Vs. Closed Meetings

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Subject: CoDA: Open Vs. Closed Meetings
Date: February 16th 2017

The following is a resending of an April 2010 email from the 2010 CoDA Communications Committee,


There have been some questions recently about the concept of Open Vs Closed CoDA meetings. We thought this would be a good time to share this excerpt from the 2009 CoDA Fellowship Service manual:

"Open" and "Closed" Meetings A CoDA meeting may be "open." This means that anyone can attend. "Anyone" means codependents, non-codependents, students, or representatives of other organizations (including the media), etc. (It is expected, and may be specifically asked, that all such visitors agree to respect our need for anonymity and confidentiality.)

A "closed" group, however, is a group attended only by people who are codependent or think they may be codependent. Newcomers who think they may be codependent can attend a closed meeting.

A closed group may be "restricted." For example, a meeting may be listed as "closed - women." In this example, only women who are codependent (or believe they may be codependent) may attend this meeting.

However, in respecting the spirit of Traditions One, Three, and Five, we honor one exception. No member of our Fellowship shall be turned away from even a closed or restricted meeting, if there is no other meeting available to this person."


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