SCHEDULE CHANGE, PLEASE NOTE
The Thursday Newcomer's Meeting no longer meets every week. It is held on the first Thursday of the month ONLY. Please call Peggy G. in advance to RSVP if you plan to attend this meeting.
Meeting Contact: Peggy G., phone: 402-350-1175
Secondary Contact: Jonathan L., phone: 402-213-5416, email: email@example.com
You do not need to attend this meeting in order to go to any other CoDA Meeting. If you cannot attend a Newcomer Meeting, many of your questions may be answered below.
What Is Codependency?
If you are new to CoDA you may be wondering "Am I codependent?" At CoDA, we offer no definition or diagnostic criterion for codependence. What we do offer is a list of patterns and characteristics as a tool to aid in self evaluation.
How Do I Learn More About CoDA?
You are always welcome at any of our weekly meetings. You could also begin by reading these sections to find out what CoDA is all about: CoDA Basics - contains all the foundational documents of CoDA
Meeting List- If you would like to attend a CoDA meeting, check our list of local meetings.
We offer a special Newcomers Meeting the first Thursday night of every month from 7 to 8:00 pm at the St. Paul United Methodist Church (5410 Corby). A Newcomers Handbook is available through our CoDA literature area.
A folder of helpful information is also available at most CoDA meetings.
Suggested Resources -- These are some books and other resources that our members have found helpful and passed along to help others who still suffer.
What meeting can I go to?
You can attend any meeting that fits your schedule. The only exception is that men may not attend the all-women's meeting on Tuesday nights.
There is a designated "Newcomer's" meeting on the first Thursday evening of every month from 7 - 8 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St (Benson area.) You do NOT have to attend that meeting before going to others, but it is helpful because it gives an overview of CoDA and how the meetings and organization works. There is time set aside to answer questions you have during the Newcomer's meeting.
Do you have meetings in Lincoln?
As of January 2017, there are NO registered CoDA meetings in Lincoln, NE. If you would like to start a meeting in Lincoln, please contact CoDA.org or one of the Omaha Service Board members.
What is a meeting like?
The Newcomer meeting which meets the FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH (St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St, Room 109) is designed to give detailed information about CoDA and the 12 Step process itself. However, you do not need to attend this before coming to a regular/open meeting.
Regular or "open" meetings start with about 15- 20 minutes of planned readings (information about the 12 Steps, welcome, introductions, etc.) Then there is a reading of the day. The rest of the time us used for open sharing.
Sharing is completely optional and up to you. If you do choose to share, there should be no comment or advice given by the other attendees. We speak only of our own experiences, and what is true for us in that moment in time.
Many people are under the impression that CoDA is a "class." CoDA is not a class or therapy. It is a support group that puts you in contact with others who share a similar journey.
Do I have to pay or pre-register?
No. You do not need any prior experience, and meetings are always free. If you are new to a meeting, we recommend giving yourself a little extra time to find the location, so you are not stressed out.
Contact the chair of the meeting if you are not sure where it is located, or if the meeting falls on a major holiday. Meetings may very occasionally be cancelled due to severe weather, illness or holidays.
Generally there is someone there about 10 minutes before the meeting to set up.
What if I want to start a meeting?
Foundational documents for a CoDA meeting are available free online here. CoDA is a no-cost, all-volunteer support program, so meetings are run by our members rather than therapists or professionals. CoDA meetings must also be registered on the CoDA.org website so that they may be found by our members. If you need to register or updated meeting, please click here.