Northern California Co-Dependents Anonymous

What is Codependency?

What is codepedency?

Welcome to Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop a positive and healthy relationships. The only requirement for to participate in CoDA is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. CoDA does not offer a specific definition of Codependency. We recommend periodically reviewing the Patterns and Characteristics.

Am I codependent?

The following is a partial checklist is a tool to aid in self-evaluation. It may be particularly helpful to newcomers as they begin to understand codependency. It may aid those who have been in recovery a while to determine what traits still warrant their attention as they continue to work the CoDA program. The Patterns and Characteristics is not an indictment of character or personality. Codependent traits are learned perceptions and behaviors we adopted to survive life, sometimes through our family systems of origin, and often keep us feeling "stuck."

  Patterns & Characteristics (Partial List)

Denial Patterns
  • I have difficulty identifying what I am feeling.
  • I minimize, alter, or deny how I truly feel.
  • I perceive myself as completely unselfish and dedicated to the well-being of others.
  • I can take care of myself without any help from others.
  • I mask pain in various ways such as anger, humor, or isolation.
  • I do not recognize the unavailability of those people to whom I am attracted.
Low Self-esteem Patterns
  • I have difficulty making decisions.
  • I judge what others think, say, or do harshly, as never good enough.
  • I value others’ approval of their thinking, feelings, and behavior over my own.
  • I do not perceive myself as lovable or worthwhile person.
  • I need to appear to be right in the eyes of others and may even lie to look good.
  • I have trouble setting healthy priorities and boundaries.
Compliance Patterns
  • I am extremely loyal, remaining in harmful situations too long.
  • I compromise my values and integrity to avoid rejection or anger.
  • I put aside my own interests in order to do what others want.
  • I accept sexual attention when I want love.
  • I make decisions without regard to the consequences.
Control Patterns
  • I believe people are incapable of taking care of themselves.
  • I freely offer advice and direction without being asked.
  • I become resentful when others decline their help or reject their advice.
  • I use sexual attention to gain approval and acceptance.
  • I have to feel needed in order to have a relationship with others.
  • I pretend to agree with others to get what I want.
  Avoidance Patterns
  • I act in ways that invite others to reject, shame, or express anger toward me
  • I avoid emotional, physical, or sexual intimacy as a way to maintain distance.
  • I use indirect or evasive communication to avoid conflict or confrontation.
  • I suppress my feelings or needs to avoid feeling vulnerable.
  • I believe displays of emotion are a sign of weakness.
  • I withhold expressions of appreciation.
Read and download the complete Patterns and Characterstics

What Does Working the CoDA Program Have to Offer Me?

Perhaps reviewing the Patterns and Characterstics reveals that you may identify with feelings and behaviors which have been disruptive in your relationships with yourself and others. Take heart! Many others before you have also identified similar traits and patterns and came to make a choice to learn about CoDA and what working the program can offer them.

The 12 Promises

The CoDA 12 Promises is the realization of the value of CoDA. Making the choice to attend meetings, read CoDA books and literature, participate in study groups, and other affirmative action, such as obtaining a sponsor, leads to serenity and a new outlook will lead to finding the realization of the 12 Promises in your life.

What does it mean to work the program?

What does it mean to work the program? More...

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Am I Codependent?
The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. Review What is Codependency and find out whether CoDA is for you.
What is Working the Program ?
CoDA offers a number ways to work the your CoDA program from codependence  such  as we working the 12 Steps and finding our path to our Higher Power. Working the program is unique to each person.
A Relationship of Recovery: Sponsorship
CoDA encourages those with recovery to share their hope and wisdom through sponsorship with sponsees through a structured process. More...
Patterns and Characteristics
Download and print the CoDA Patterns and Characteristics of Codepedency.
Welcome to CoDA Pamphlet
Download our free Welcome to CoDA Packet filled with information about the CoDA 12 Step Program of recovery from codependence.
What Happens at a CoDA Meeting?
Attending your first meeting may cause some to needless feel anxious and uncertain what to expect. We invite you to read about what you are likely to encounter at your first CoDA meeting, a warm, safe, and loving fellowship of men and women.
Where Can I Find a CoDA Meeting?
Our CoDA meeting directory provides a number of resources where you can find a meeting.
question-mark-1020165_1280Have a CoDA Question? Contact us with questions about CoDA. Please remember we are an all-volunteer organization.