Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. CA is by and for addicts seeking recovery. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership; we are fully self-supporting through our own contributions. We are not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institutions. We do not wish to be in any controversy and we neither endorse nor oppose any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom.
Welcome to Cocaine Anonymous. We are all here for the same reason-our inability to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. The first step towards solving any problem is admitting that there is a problem.
The problem, as we see it, consists of an obsession of the mind and an allergy of the body. The obsession is a continued and irresistible thought of cocaine and the night high. The allergy creates an absolute inability to stop using once we begin.
We wish to assure you that there is a solution and that recovery is possible. It begins with abstinence and continues with practicing the Twelve Steps of recovery, one day at a time. Our program, the Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous, is the means by which we move from the problem of drug addiction to the solution of recovery.
Cocaine Anonymous is a spiritual program, not a religious one. In C.A. we believe each individual can choose a Higher Power of this or her own. In short, a God of his or her own understanding.
No one comes into Cocaine Anonymous to find God. We came into these rooms to get rid of a terrifying drug habit. Look around the room. You will be surrounded by people who came as a last resort. We came into these rooms emotionally, financially, and spiritually bankrupt. We have experienced all sorts of tragedies as a result of cocaine, drugs, and/or alcohol. We have lived many of the same horrors you have, yet today we are free from the misery, terror and pain of addiction.
Maybe some of us were worse off than you; maybe some of us didn't hit as low a bottom as you. Still the fact remains that those of us who are recovering have come to believe that a Higher Power of our own understanding can restore us to sanity.
There is a solution; we can recover from addiction. One day at a time, it is possible to live a life filled with hope, faith, and courage.
Your Greatest Self.
COME TO A MEETING
Contact John D. for location/times
Recovery Resource Center
400 Stephen St.
Womens Way Thru CA
420 Boardwalk LN
Recovery Resource Center
400 Stephen St.
Contact John D. for location/times
Hope Community Church
6867 Hedgesville Rd
* High Hope Meetings are discussion meetings from the book A Quiet Peace, which is a collection of reflections from an addicts prospective based on their experience during the Twelve Steps process.
* Foundation Meetings study the first three steps of the Big Book of AA and reflect on readings from the book Faith, Hope, Courage Vol. II, which is a collection of personal stories from addicts who come to find their higher power.
* If you have any questions, or would like more information on meeting times or places, please feel free to contact us at the number or email address listed above.
WHO is a C.A. Member?
While the name "Cocaine Anonymous" may sound drug-specific, we wish to assure you that our program is not. Many of our members did a lot of cocaine; others used only a little, and some never even tried coke. We have members who drank only on occasion, those who casually referred to themselves as drunks, and others who were full-blown alcoholics. Lots of us used a wide variety of mind-altering substances.
Whether we focused on a specific mind-altering substance or used whatever we could get our hands on, we had one thing in common: eventually we all reached a point where we could not stop.
According to C.A.'s Third Tradition, they only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. Whatever you may have been using, if it led you to a meeting, you're probably in the right place.Over time, virtually every single one of us has realized that our real problem is not cocaine or any specific drug; it is the disease of addiction.
It can be tempting to focus on our differences rather than our similarities, but this can blind us to potential sources of support in our recovery. As we hear other member's stories, the most important question to ask ourselves is not, "Would I have partied with these people?" but rather, "Do these people have a solution that can help me stay sober?" We encourage you to stick around and listen with an open mind.
With its all-inclusive Third Tradition and First Step, Cocaine Anonymous welcomes anyone with a drug or alcohol problem and offers a solution. C.A.'s Twelve Steps are not drug-specific, and Cocaine Anonymous is not a drug-specific Fellowship. It doesn't matter to us if you drank or what type of drugs you used; if you have a desire to stop, you are welcome here!
Take Control of
The Twelve Traditions
of Cocaine Anonymous
1.) Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon C.A. unity.
2.) For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
3.) The only requirement for C. A. membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.
4.) Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or C.A. as a whole.
5.) Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the addict who still suffers.
6.) A C.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the C.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
7.) Every C.A. Group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
8.) Cocaine Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
9.) C.A. as such, ought never to organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
10) Cocaine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the C.A. name ought to never be drawn into public controversy.
11.) Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, television and films.
12) Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.
Books & Additional Reading
A Quiet Peace
Faith, Hope, Courage
* Additional pamphlets on a wide-range of addiction related issues, questions, & concerns are always available at every C.A. meeting, under the additional information tab above or at https://ca.org/literature/
The Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous
1.) We admitted we were powerless over cocaine and all other mind-altering substances - that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.) Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4.) Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5.) Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6.) Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7.) Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8.) Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9.) Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10.) Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11)Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12.) Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
WHO is a COCAINE ADDICT?
Some of us can answer without hesitation, "I am!" Others aren't so sure. Cocaine Anonymous believes that no one can decide for another whether he or she is addicted. One thing is sure though: every single one of us has denied being an addict. For months, for years, we who now freely admit that we are cocaine addicts thought that we could control cocaine when in fact it was controlling us.
"I only use on weekends," or
It hardly ever interferes with work," or
"I can quit, it's only psychologically addicting, right?" or
"I only snort, I don't base or shoot," or
"It's this relationship that's messing me up."
Many of us are still perplexed to realize how long we went on, never getting the same high we got at the beginning, yet still insisting, and believing- so distorted was our reality- that we were getting from cocaine what actually always eluded us.
We went to any lengths to get away from being just ourselves. The lines got fatter; the grams went faster; the week's stash was all used up today. We found ourselves scraping envelopes and baggies with razor blades, scratching the last flakes from the corners of brown bottles, sorting or smoking any white speck from the floor when we ran out. We, who prided ourselves on our fine-tuned state of mind! Nothing mattered more to us than the straw, the pipe, the needle. Even if it made us feel miserable, we had to have it.
Some of us mixed cocaine with alcohol or other drugs, and found temporary relief in the change, but in the end, it only compounded our problems. We tried quitting by ourselves, finally, and managed to do so for periods of time. After a month, we imagined we were in control. We thought our system was cleaned out and we could get the old high again, using half as much. This time, we'd be careful not to go overboard. But we only found ourselves back where we were before, and worse.
We never left the house without using first. We didn't make love without using. We didn't talk on the phone without coke. We couldn't fall asleep; sometimes it seemed we couldn't even breathe without cocaine. We tried changing jobs, apartments, cities, lovers-believing that our lives were being screwed up by circumstances, places, people. Perhaps we saw a cocaine friend die of respiratory arrest, and still we went on using! But eventually we had to face facts. We had to admit that cocaine was a serious problem in our lives, that we were addicts.
Reprinted from the C.A. pamphlet To the Newcomer
"We're Here and We're Free"
C.A. World Service Conference-Approved Literature
Cocaine Anonymous World Services, Inc.