NOTICE: Online/Phone (Alternative) meetings is the title assigned by CoDA for all meetings that are not face-to-face. These meetings include phone, internet, chat room and other forms of communication where the members hold the meetings without being face-to-face. Since these meeting are not tied to a geographical location (i.e. US or World) they are listed separately.
Disclaimer: Co-Dependents Anonymous, Inc. (CoDA) does not endorse any of the commercial sites, organizations, therapists, or recovery centers that may be found as a result using any alternative type meeting found on this site. The CoDA Fellowship is offering their Experience, Strength and Hope concerning possible recovery resources. The members of CoDA are not Professional Counselors and make no assertion that any particular group or entity is appropriate for a particular individual. Our goal is make the search for online recovery support resources easier for those unable to attend traditional Face to Face meetings.
The 2003 CoDA Conference addressed endorsement, tradition, and safety issues related to online recovery meetings and groups by doing two things: 1. Removed the online meetings as registered meetings. 2. Created an Online Support Committee.
The Online Support Committee (OSC) purpose is: To provide an information section on the web site (www.coda.org) that will give information about online resources and meetings. Instructions for locating resources and a list of resources (disclaimers of non endorsement would appear). A committee of trusted servants would review resources before listing them.
The Online Support Committee presented and the 2004 CoDA Service Conference approved the following motion.
Motion: That CoDA recognize online meetings and other meetings using all alternate forms of communication, as equal to face to face meetings.
Intent: To support suffering Codependents. Registering and listing all meetings in the meeting list database gives them equal status and treatment. So that online meetings are part of the same structure, direction and services. Unify CoDA meetings regardless of medium of communication used to conduct the meeting.
Remarks: Encourages recovery, unity and spirituality by using communication and modern technology to carry the CoDA message to those who still suffer.
In 2006, the CoDA Service Conference approved all Online/Phone (Alternative) meetings as a voting entity. Therefore, the non-traditional meetings can have two delegates representing them at conference. The Online Support Committee was disbanded.
In 2007, the release of the current Meeting Locator (Meeting Resource Center) identifies Online/Phone (Alternative) meetings with their own tab next to meetings within the U.S. and meetings outside the U.S.