CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #5

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #5
Date: August 30th 2018

This is the 5th in a series of excerpts from the CoDA Workbook. We are in process of sending you 1 tradition each week for a total of 12 weeks.

Previous mailings can be found here: You may want to enter traditions in the search box.

The traditions are the foundation of our program & of our yearly Service Conference.

Please note that all material below this paragraph is taken directly from the CoDA Workbook & is Conference approved. While we are sharing it with the fellowship in the spirit of recovery and service, the copyright to this material is fully owned by Codependents Anonymous, inc (2013).

Tradition #5 - Each group has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to other codependents who still suffers.

Tradition Five sets a boundary by establishing that each CoDA group “has but one primary purpose—to carry its message to other codependents who still suffer.” This very simple directive reminds us that CoDA is a simple program. We are here for one reason—to recover from codependency.....

“Primary” refers to what we consider the most important principle—the one that comes before all others. The survival and growth of our program depends upon our willingness to carry the message of hope and recovery by using the Steps and following the Traditions. Codependents who still suffer include people who have never attended a meeting, CoDA newcomers, and oldtimers alike.....Tradition Five creates a responsibility for each group to uphold our Fellowship’s primary purpose.

Our newest members are a very important part of Tradition Five.....Having current members welcome and speak to newcomers provides a supportive atmosphere. So does having CoDA literature and phone lists available.....Cliques and popularity contests have no place in CoDA; they divert us from our primary purpose and are dangerous to all members of the group. Losing focus on our primary purpose deprives a still suffering codependent of the CoDA message.....

..... We practice Tradition Five whenever we share in our meetings, with sponsees or sponsors, with friends and family members.....

Supporting each other in recovery is another way that we carry the message. We can make andreceive outreach calls and talk with one another after our meetings. Tradition Five helps us understand that by being an example of recovery, we are carrying the message.

In addition to CoDA meetings, we form local, regional, national, and international service groups to carry the message of recovery. Service commitments to these groups include providing public service information about CoDA, providing outreach to hospitals and institutions, and distributing literature.

.....Our primary purpose is to carry the message; it is through sharing and hearing the message that we recover.



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