What is Working the



Codependency is often elusive and sometimes has a devastating impact in our lives. For many, the Patterns and undesirable traits found in the Characteristics of being Codependent shows up in our lives negatively impacting our relationships - with others and perhaps more importantly, with ourselves.

It is Your Happiness - and Your Program


Working the Program is not a predetermined series of steps; rather, a spiritually based recovery based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions.  The course your take in your recovery is an individual journey.  We encourage you - to the degree you feel comfortable - to seek the input from those who seem to have a recovery similar to what you would like.  Work at your own pace.  Find happiness by working your program.

Working the Program is a personal choice that is not compulsory, not a requirement nor mandatory. It cannot be demanded or forced upon anyone that does not want to change or recover from her/his unwanted circumstances. Recovery takes a leap of faith that offers no guarantees or benefits that can and will make life more meaningful and worthwhile for perhaps the first time in life’s experiences.

It is More Than a Choice...


Choose to do as little or as much as you want to do, or nothing at all

The choice is up to you whether you know it or not, or want it or not

You can take what you need and leave the rest

You can make the choices that produce the best or worst consequences

The power and responsibility of choice is your hands– if you choose

Where Do I Begin?

Working the Program is more than a choice, it's choice in action and for many, a leap of faith. CoDA doesn’t automatically work for those who need it. It only works for those who want to change their lives.  It works when you work it. FIND A SPONSOR!

The first step is to attend a CoDA meeting.  Online and telephone meetings are available for those who happen not to live near a CoDA meeting.

CoDA is not something to get through but a spiritual journey to learn a new way to let go and find peace with your self and others.

Working the Program


The definition of insanity, it has been said, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results! Taking action begins with baby steps, start with attending meetings, find a sponsor, order your books and materials, and begin the process of learning to LIVE your life and FINALLY have happiness and freedom of which everyone deserves. As we say in recovery, "It works if you work it and you are worth it!"