The following can bring support, autonomy, boundaries, spiritual connection, balance & safety to service work:

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The following CoDA literature discusses service:

  1. CoDA Blue Book

  2. 12 Steps & 12 Traditions Green Book

  3. Carrying the Message Booklet

  4. Finding Solutions: Traditionally Speaking Booklet

  5. 12 Piece Relationship Toolkit Booklet

  6. Tools of Recovery Booklet

  7. Building CoDA Community: Healthy Meetings Matter Booklet

  8. Newcomers Handbook

  9. Twelve Steps Handbook

S E R V I C E S T R U C T U R E // S E R V I C E P O S I T I O N S


CoDA's service structure is an inverted pyramid to remind us that the highest level of service is our own recovery, that our individual voices and votes are valuable, that we are enough. It begins in our (local) meetings, moves down to our (county area) Intergroup, continues through our (regional) Voting Entity and reaches (international) CoDA. Different areas of the country and world may use different terms and define them them differently.


Group conscience decision making provides a foundation for the entire service structure of CoDA. The group conscience process (GC) is a majority vote after sharing and listening to full info & individual points of view, connecting with Higher Power and honestly voting, knowing it is okay to differ from others.



Every CoDA meeting is different. We use the GC process to decide how to structure our meetings. A local home group is the highest level in our service structure. Attending meetings can be service.


To make changes to a CoDA meeting, members make a motion. The group GCs to decide if the motion passes, sometimes at a business meeting. They decide if and when to have business meetings. They may have monthly business meetings or only GC when a motion arises, voting during or after a regular meeting.



Intergroup is a business meeting for a town, city, county or surrounding area. Members from different meetings join together to provide services like speaker lists, the local website, events, and literature to local meetings. Some use the term Community. Our Intergroup is L.A. CoDA.



Voting Entities (VE) are regional, national or state business meetings providing service to Intergroups, or where none exist, directly to meetings. Los Angeles, The Valley, San Diego, & The Desert are some Intergroups that make up our regional Voting Entity, SoCal CoDA.



At the world level, the Board of Trustees along with CoDA Service Committees & Other Service Entities hold business meetings throughout the year to support Voting Entities. They also host the annual world business meeting, the CoDA Service Conference. Members also provide international service as part of CoRE, our nonprofit publishing company, and CoDA, Inc, our legal branch. International level is CoDA.

More info in's Fellowship Services Manual (Part 1, page 11)


Different areas of the country and world may use different terms and define them them differently than what is expressed below.

Each meeting is autonomous & can decide which positions they would like to have. Some common positions are Secretary, Treasurer, Phone List Person, Literature Person, Contact Person, Timer, Newcomer Greeter & Group Service Rep (GSR). For info, visit Meeting Service.

Sponsoring falls under the category of service, but is not discussed here. Sponsorship has more info.

The 12 Service Concepts emphasize that we are trusted servants. The group decides what the job is and a trusted servant has the freedom to design how they do it. We recommend rotating service positions every six months to prevent burnout and resentment. Members can keep positions for shorter or longer amounts of time as self-care.


Each home meeting can elect a member to be their Group Service Representative (GSR). When Intergroup has a motion that involves home meetings, GSRs carry their group's vote to Intergroup. GSRs also bring info and resources back from Intergroup to their meetings.


Intergroup is a committee made up of subcommittees. Subcommittee Chairs and Intergroup Officers attend Intergroup along with GSRs to create support for local meetings. Any member can join a subcommittee. Subcommittee members don't need to attend Intergroup, just the Chairs do, although every CoDA member is welcome. For more info, visit Intergroup.


Each Intergroup meeting can elect Intergroup Reps to attend Voting Entity (VE) meetings to help make decisions regarding matters at the VE level. These Reps carry their Intergroup's vote to the VE. They also bring info and resources back to their meetings.


Voting Entities are also made up of committees that create support for Intergroups. Chairs and Officers attend meetings along with Intergroup Reps. For more info, visit


They vote their VE fellowship's group conscience at CoDA's annual business meeting, the CoDA Service Conference (CSC). They review and approve committee reports goals, the CoDA budget, and discuss and set policy. They elect the Board of Trustees for CoDA & CoRE. They bring information back to their fellowship and provide CoDA-program guidance to trusted servants in CoDA Service Entities. For more info, visit

More info in's Fellowship Services Manual (Part 1, page 11)

"Service is any contribution I make to CoDA that aids my recovery or someone else's."

-Carrying the Message: Living the Twelfth Step pamphlet, p. 8