SoberRecovery Glossary of Recovery Terms
Cocaine Anonymous, also known as CA, grew out of Alcoholics Anonymous
and Narcotics Anonymous. CA’s purpose is to help those who
are addicted to cocaine, in all its forms, and other mind-altering
substances recover from their addiction(s).
The CA program uses the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, substituting
the phrase mind-altering substances for the word, alcohol. The
CA program is spelled out in their basic text, Hope, Faith and
Courage, often referred to as the CA Big Book.
CA meetings or groups are found in the United States, United
Kingdom and Canada. They range in size from a few people, to as
many as 25or more. Most groups meet once a week. Meeting styles
include: speaker meetings where one or two members share the story
of their addiction and recovery from a podium; discussion meetings
where members share their experience with a particular topic,
and step studies where members discuss their experience working
with the 12 Steps. All meetings are based, one-way or another,
on the sharing of members experience, strength and hope.
Membership in CA is informal. A person becomes a member when
they decide they want to stop using drugs and begin attending
meetings. There is no registration; no attendance is taken, although
the group’s secretary may note the number of people in the
room. The commitment to anonymity is taken seriously and people
can attend CA meetings with little fear that others, outside the
meetings, will find out they have joined.
CA meetings can be found in various ways. There are meeting lists
on the web. In the United States, Cocaine Anonymous can be found
in the white pages of many telephone books; a call to information
will also usually result in a phone number where meetings can
be located. Meetings in Canada and the UK can be found in similar
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