Starting a Meeting

  • All it takes to start a meeting is a place, a time, and a few people willing to commit to the meeting for the first 6 months. The reason for a few people is that healthy service is shared. The best way to start a meeting with a real sense of community is to have a group for group conscience from the beginning. It is wise to choose a time that is convenient to a large number of people.
  • Meetings can be held almost anywhere.  Try area churches, synagogues, counseling centers, hospitals or places where other groups are held. Though each group is autonomous, for reasons of safety and anonymity, CoDA cautions about holding meetings in individual homes.  When choosing a meeting place, please keep in mind personal safety and anonymity.
  • Pair-ups for new meetings—starting a meeting by yourself is not recommended because at least two people are needed to make decisions using the group conscience process (instead of self-will). The Meeting List Committee maintains a list of people interested in starting new meetings so that you can connect with someone else in your area. Click here to sign up for the list and connect with other codependents interested in starting a meeting in your area.
  • CoDA Meeting Handbook—Lots of information about starting a meeting, attracting more members to an existing meeting, meeting documents and forms; used to be called the Meeting Starter Packet.
  • Literature Gift—LA CoDA will donate literature totaling up to $50 to any newly registered meeting in the greater LA area to offset starting costs and carry the message. The new meeting gets to choose the pieces of literature; contact literature@lacoda.org for more information.
  • LA CoDA tear-off flyer—one way to increase attendance while carrying the message is to post these flyers in public places. Always ask permission before posting in markets, coffee shops, libraries, community centers, hospitals, and other locations. Meetings with extra funds and willing members make as many or as few copies as they wish (colored paper works best).
  • LA CoDA eco-friendly flyer—same as above, but instead of tear-off strips at the bottom, this flyer encourages people to snap a picture with their phone.