Volunteer with Cphone team to help callers wanting to speak with CoDA members

From: "CoDA Announcements" <codalist@codependents.org>
Subject: Volunteer with Cphone team to help callers wanting to speak with CoDA members
Date: July 10th 2018

Volunteer with Cphone team to help callers wanting to speak with CoDA members

At the moment, there are two main ways of contacting CoDA when one has a question, phone and email. I'm one of the people on the phone team (Cphone). The most common question I answer is "Where is there a meeting in my area?" A lot of folks want to know that. Some have other questions.

Some people call to tell their story to someone who will listen and can relate. Other codependents often get it like no one else does. I've found that one of the hardest things in CoDA recovery is reaching out for the first time. The phone seems to weigh 500 pounds. When a codependent actually picks up the phone, I believe it's important for callers to have the option of talking to a member. The caller may or may not choose to walk into a meeting, but they have the courage to call. A substantial number of callers have little or no online access or skills. Cphone helps them find and participate in phone meetings and access other CoDA resources.

There are only two of us on the phone team presently. Additional support would lighten the time commitment of each person, and provide additional input to the process. It would also provide an opportunity to make an important service contribution, both to newcomers to the program, and those who have been around for a time.

Often the idea of "service work" freaks codependents out. What if it takes over my whole life? Am I stuck in this position for life? Such thoughts made me very leery of doing any kind of "service work." In program, I've learned to set boundaries. That's why I only handle calls on a part time basis. The frequency and number of calls varies.

I've learned in program that I'm not obligated to stay "for life." Per Tradition Two, the CoDA Fellowship has a loving Higher Power that is the ultimate authority, as expressed to our group conscience. That Power is ultimately responsible, not any of us. Not enough recovery you say? A year is enough. We do ask that you have completed the 12 Steps though.

Rotation of service is a guiding principle in CoDA. With that additional point in mind: We invite you to join us in service! If you have at least a year in recovery, have been through the 12 Steps at least once, and would like to be of assistance, please email cphone @ coda.org  (no spaces).


In service,

A member of Cphone Team


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