Sample Formats

  • The following formats are provided for your use in starting a new meeting or simply adding one part to your existing format. Changes to formats are always done by a group conscience of meeting members. These formats are in document form so that you may make whatever changes your group sees fit—please take what you like and leave the rest.
  • Tradition 4 reminds us that it is healthy to encourage individuality and creativity, which is why there are so many types of CoDA meetings. Below are just a few formats, and the Meetings Committee is always looking for more varieties. While the style and components differ greatly, there are a few constant principles to ensure that CoDA unity and the CoDA message are prioritized above meeting autonomy: all 4 foundational documents read, as written, each meeting; and the use of CoDA endorsed literature.
    • Meditation
    • Literature
    • Writing
    • Sharing
  • Step Studies are another way to work the Steps if sponsors are unavailable. Groups usually meet weekly or biweekly at a public or private location to read, discuss, and share responses to Step questions. This format uses CoDA’s green Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions Workbook. Step Studies are not found on meeting lists because they are usually closed to new members so that the groups can form the trust and intimacy needed to reach deeper levels of personal growth.