Some introductory remarks about self-help groups and a Coda self-help group in particular.
In past posts I have described codependency and how it affects the lives of many. My personal experience is that one of the most powerful ways codas are helped is by becoming an active member of a Coda self-help group. In this post I want to provide some information about self-help groups in general in the hope that it will lead some of the readers of this blog to form a coda self-help group.
What are the defining characteristics of self-help groups?
A final feature of self-help groups is that they are self-governing, and democratic without any “leader” or “boss”. This creates an atmosphere which fosters self empowerment and leads to an increase in the member’s feelings of competency and ability to solve their personal problems.
The format of self-help groups varies greatly from completely free or unstructured to highly structured involving the use of a written format e.g. the Twelve Steps and Traditions of Alcoholics anonymous which is the oldest and most successful self-help group.
Starting a coda self-help group in Singapore
P.S. I have experience in helping setting up self-help groups and would be happy to do so if you have another kind of self-help group in mind.