What is Cocaine Anonymous?
Gaining an understanding of the ins and outs of Cocaine Anonymous is important for those cocaine addicts considering attending a meeting. While it may seem intimidating at first, CA members will attest to the fact that they relationships they have made there are critical to their continued sobriety.
How did Cocaine Anonymous start?
Cocaine Anonymous began in Los Angles in 1982 by Jonny Segal who was very prominent in the film industry. Through his work, he saw a number of people struggling with a cocaine addiction but there were very few resources to help.
Even though Alcoholics Anonymous was popular at this time, people struggling from substance abuse issues other than alcohol were discouraged from talking about it at these meetings. As more and more individuals struggled with cocaine addiction, Cocaine Anonymous was born.
Who does Cocaine Anonymous serve?
The only requirement to join Cocaine Anonymous is the desire to stop the usage of cocaine and other mind-altering substances. There is no discrimination based on gender, age, race, or any other factor and there is no affiliation with any religion, political party, or any other outside organization.
Also, there are no dues or fees to participate in a group meeting; CA is funded by voluntary contributions. The only purpose of Cocaine Anonymous is to serve individuals who want to overcome their substance abuse addition and help others do the same.
How does Cocaine Anonymous work?
Cocaine Anonymous is standardized throughout the country. This means that cocaine addicts can expect a similar experience no matter where they attend a CA meeting. For someone struggling with a substance abuse disorder, familiarity is helpful in adding a level of comfort.
The Structure of Cocaine Anonymous
All of the CA meetings are led by someone who has successfully recovered using the 12-step program.
Using some of the teachings from the “Big Book” from Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous also takes advantage of the 12-step program. Following the 12 steps prepares the individual for their “spiritual awakening”, which refers to the change in thinking and attitudes that will lead to a healthy, sober life.