The Welcome of Co-Dependents Anonymous

    We welcome you to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience,strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves.

    Most of us have been searching for ways to overcome the dilemmas of the conflicts in our relationships and our childhoods.
Many of us were raised in families where addictions existed - some of us were not. In either case, we have found in each of our lives
that codependence is a most deeply rooted compulsive behavior and that it is born out of our sometimes moderately, sometimes
extremely dysfunctional family systems. We have each experienced in our own ways the painful trauma of the emptiness of our
childhood and relationships throughout our lives.

    We attempted to use others - our mates, friends, and even our children, as our sole source of identity, value and well being, and as a way of trying to restore within us the emotional losses from our childhoods. Our histories may include other powerful addictions which at times we have used to cope with our codependence.

    We have all learned to survive life, but in CoDA we are learning to live life. Through applying the Twelve Steps and principles found in CoDA to our daily lifeand relationships ­ both present and past - we can experience a new freedom from our self defeating lifestyles. It is an individual growth process. Each of us is growing at our own pace and will continue to do so as we remain open to
God's will for us on a daily basis. Our sharing is our way of identification and helps us to free the
emotional bonds of our past and the compulsive control of our present.

    No matter how traumatic your past or despairing your present may seem, there is hope for a new day in the program
of Co-Dependents Anonymous. No longer do you need to rely on others as a power greater than yourself.
May you instead find here a new strength within to be that which God intended - Precious and Free.


The Welcome of Co-Dependents Anonymous
(short version)

    We welcome you to Co-Dependents Anonymous - a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage, and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves.

    Codependence is a deeply-rooted, compulsive behavior. It is born out of our sometimes moderately, sometimes extremely dysfunctional family systems.  We attempted to use others as our sole source of identity, value, well being, and as a way of trying to restore our emotional losses. Our histories may include other powerful addictions which we have used to cope with our codependency.

    We have all learned to survive life, but in CoDA we are learning to live life. Through applying the Twelve Steps and principles found in CoDA to our daily lives and relationships, both present and past, we can experience a new freedom from our self-defeating lifestyles. Our sharing helps us to free the emotional bonds of our past and the compulsive control of our present.

    No matter how traumatic your past or despairing your present may seem, there is hope for a new day in the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous.  May you find a new strength within to be that which God intended - Precious and Free.


The Preamble of Co-Dependents Anonymous

    Co-Dependents Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.
The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. We gather together to support and share
with each other in a journey of self-discovery -- learning to love the self. Living the program allows each of us to become increasingly
honest with ourselves about our personal histories and our own codependent behaviors.

    We rely upon the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions for knowledge and wisdom. These are the principles of our program and guides to developing honest and fulfilling relationships with ourselves and others. In CoDA, we each learn to build a bridge to a Higher Power of our own understanding, and we allow others the same privilege.

    This renewal process is a gift of healing for us. By actively working the program of Co-Dependents Anonymous,
we can each
realize a new joy, acceptance and serenity in our lives.


 
This document is reprinted from the website www.coda.org (CoDA) for use by members of the CoDA Fellowship.  Copyright © 2010 Co-Dependents Anonymous, Inc. and its licensors -All Rights Reserved.

 

 
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