North Carolina Area
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. 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
institution. We do not wish to engage 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.
|We use the Twelve Step Recovery Program because it has
already been proven that the Twelve Step Recovery Program works.*
|*adapted with permission from A.A. Grapevine Inc.
The Twelve Steps of Cocaine Anonymous
- We admitted we were powerless over cocaine and all other mind altering
substances -- that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as
we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make
amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so
would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly
- 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.
- 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.
The Twelve Traditions of Cocaine Anonymous
- Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon C.A. unity.
- 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
- The only requirement for C.A. membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and
all other mind-altering substances.
- Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or C.A.
as a whole.
- Each group has but one primary purpose -- to carry its message to the addict who
- 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.
- Every C.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside
- Cocaine Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers
may employ special workers.
- C.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or
committees directly responsible to those they serve.
- Cocaine Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the C.A. name ought
never be drawn into public controversy.
- 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.
- Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to
place principles before personalities.
The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are reprinted and adapted with
permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt
the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of
Alcoholics Anonymous does not mean that A.A. is affiliated with
this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism. Use of the Steps and
Traditions in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A. but
which address other problems does not imply otherwise.