CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #8

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Subject: CoDA's 12 Traditions: Tradition #8
Date: September 21st 2018


This is the 8th 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.

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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 #8 - Co-Dependents Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

This Tradition gives us an important guideline: CoDA should remain forever nonprofessional...... Thus, CoDA members with professional credentials participate in meetings only as recovering members of our Fellowship. We gather together as codependents for one purpose, to carry the message of recovery by sharing our experience, strength, and hope.

.....As we do our service work for CoDA, we may find it necessary to employ special workers for some of the Fellowship’s needs. These special workers fill positions that CoDA volunteers may not be able to fill because of time constraints, feasibility, or special skills. Special workers may include administrative help, accountants, and lawyers.

..... The members of our Fellowship who come forward to be of service do so in a nonprofessional way. Trusted servants are responsible to those they serve (an individual or community meeting or other CoDA group), doing only those jobs asked of them by that group. Trusted servants do not create their responsibilities. We remember that trusted servants are codependents in recovery and we do not look on them as professionals or as leaders. We also remember that for CoDA’s purpose there is but one authority as defined in our Second Tradition, a loving Higher Power as expressed to our group conscience.

..... In Tradition Six, we learned the importance of not being diverted by money, property, and prestige..... Being mindful of the servant position helps us remember our aim is a spiritual one, not a professional one. All of this protects our program so that members of our Fellowship experience their own spiritual recovery.

In our CoDA workshops, conferences, and conventions, we must remember that what members have to offer is their experience, strength, and hope. In CoDA, no one is paid to share, whether at meetings, as sponsors, or in any other Twelve Step activity......




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