12 Traditions

1. Our common welfare should come first, personal recovery depends upon CoDA unity.

2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority, a loving Higher Power as express to our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants.

3. The only requirement for membership in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships.

4. Each group should remain autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CoDA as a whole.

5. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to other Co-dependents.

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.

7. Every CoDA group ought to be fully self-supporting declining outside contributions.

8. Co-Dependents Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centres may employ special workers.

9. CoDA, as such ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

10. CoDA has no opinion on outside issues, hence the CoDA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion, we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.

12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personality.