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Coda/Alanon Meeting
I attended a Coda meeting on Monday July 8, 2013. The meeting was at the DePaul Center in Montebello, California. The group name is Alas de Angel. It is a spanish coda meeting held every Monday at seven o'clock and lasts 2 hours. When I arrived at the meeting there was two group members already there and they were discussing one of the members past with drug and alcohol abuse. I found this meeting online at coda.org. I was nervous to go to the meeting by myself because I didn't know what to expect. I was worried I would not be welcomed or perhaps judged by the members.

When the rest of the group members arrived everyone introduced themselves by saying their name followed by "I am codependent". When it was my turn I only said my name because I was not comfortable saying anything else. The meeting place was at a small room in a building by a church. There was 14 people at the meeting including the group leader. Each group member took turns reading the 12 steps, traditions, and promises. Then the group leader read an example of codependency then had someone in the group share their similar story. I admire the people that had the strength to speak about such traumatic events so calmly and with poise.

Once I heard more from the group members I felt very warm and in a safe environment. To close the meeting everyone held hands and said the closing prayer. Since the meeting was completely in spanish, some of the things discussed I recall them vaguely. After the meeting was over a few of the group members hugged me and told me I was more than welcome to return. I left the meeting feeling happy and peaceful. I would recommend this meeting to a client or my family if you primarily speak spanish. The group leader is very sweet and the group members make an effort to make you feel welcomed.