Meaning Of The Elements Of The CoDA Seal

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Subject: Meaning Of The Elements Of The CoDA Seal
Date: April 16th 2019


The Board recently did some research on the origins and meaning of the elements of the CoDA Seal and received the following explanation from our founders, Ken and Mary.  This explanation has been inserted into the Board Policy & Procedures manual as Section 2.1 (b), with the title “Meaning of Elements of the CoDA Seal”.


Meaning of Elements of the CoDA Seal 

Alcoholics Anonymous is the original source for Twelve Step programs. AA created the symbol of the circle with the triangle. That worked well as a logo and on their chips and medallions. 

CoDA’s logo was created by the early members of CoDA. Through the Group Conscience process it was decided that the triangle alone was insufficient, as that was the symbol of Alcoholics Anonymous. CoDA opted instead to use a small, diamond shape. 

The four sides of that diamond represent several concepts: 

  • spiritual/natural symbols of the four seasons
  • the four directions: north, east, south and west

Most especially, for CoDA, the sides of the diamond represent

  • the four elements of Self, Discovery, Recovery and Respect 

The Circle represents the Oneness and Unity of the program.



In Service,

CoDA Board of Trustees


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