CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #6

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #6
Date: September 7th 2018

This is the 6th 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 #6 - A CoDA group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the CoDA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary spiritual aim.

..... We keep ourselves from engaging in outside obligations and responsibilities. If we lend our name to a building, recovery facility, church, or hospital, we create an obligation outside our program. Outside obligations divert us from our primary spiritual aim. Our focus is always on our spiritual aim, spreading the word to those who still suffer from codependency.

..... We avert problems of money, property, and prestige by assigning legal and financial responsibilities to a Board of Trustees. In our history, we have experienced the distraction created when the wisdom of this Tradition was ignored and we mixed the spiritual and the material. We also respect the wisdom gained from the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, the program we were patterned after.

We are a Twelve Step Fellowship, and therefore we do not endorse books, programs, or individuals outside of the Fellowship. To work CoDA’s program of recovery, we recommend using our Twelve Steps, (and) Twelve Traditions.....This framework applies to all CoDA activities, such as business meetings, conferences, conventions, and regular CoDA meetings. As sponsors or other trusted servants, we are responsible for keeping our program within the Steps and Traditions. Out of respect for Tradition Six, we never endorse or lend the CoDA name to outside enterprises.

Another way we can be diverted from our primary spiritual aim is when professionals begin or join a CoDA meeting for their own personal gain, instead of coming to a meeting for their own recovery......The power of our program is in the simplicity of one codependent sharing experience, strength, and hope with another.



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