Cocaine Anonymous (CA) Fellowship

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Last Edited: February 27, 2020

Author
Claudia Rose

Clinically Reviewed
Andrew Lancaster, LPC, MAC

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What is Cocaine Anonymous?

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other and help those still struggling with their cocaine addiction. The CA fellowship welcomes anyone who needs a strong support system to stop using cocaine, crack cocaine, and any other mind altering substances.

Since 1982 CA has spread across the United States and Canada providing recovering cocaine addicts with a place to meet to sustain their sobriety. This fellowship has been a beacon of hope for others who are suffering and for the families struggling to understand.

It has been a long road to recovery, but those who have benefited from the CA fellowship go on to live a life that is fulfilling surrounded by a sober community that cares. Since 1996, there is an estimate of 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups that are getting the help they need for a better life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the CA membership cost for newcomers?

CA does not require their members to pay dues or fees. The fellowship is fully self-supporting through membership donations by current members. CA is dedicated to those who need a strong support system to remain abstinent from cocaine abuse and are not affiliated with any sect, politics, organization, denomination, or institution.

Will everyone know I struggle with a cocaine addiction if I attend a CA meetings?

CA is entirely anonymous with the intentions of keeping your identity and experiences private. You are not required to share your experiences or participate if you are not comfortable.

Does CA members have to attend meetings for the rest of their life?

No, but — as one member has suggested — “Most of us want to, and some of us may need to.” Those who attend meetings enjoy them and keep coming back to stay on the right path. Being surrounded by a community who understands your struggles and triggers can help you maintain a life of sobriety. The extent of your involvement within the fellowship is entirely up to you.

CA Fellowship Traditions and Values

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem of cocaine addiction and help those still struggling with their cocaine addiction. The only requirement for membership is the candid desire to stop abusing cocaine and all other mood-altering substances.

CA does not require their members to pay dues or fees. The fellowship is fully self-supporting through membership donations that go directly to meeting location costs and literature printing. Like other fellowships, CA is dedicated to those who need a strong support system to remain abstinent from cocaine abuse and are not affiliated with any sect, politics, organization, denomination, or institution.

Cocaine Anonymous does not wish to participate in any controversial topics associated with cocaine abuse and does not endorse or oppose any causes associated with addiction. CA’s primary focus is to help others maintain their sobriety from cocaine and all other mood-altering substances.

Cocaine Anonymous Fellowship welcomes anyone who needs a strong support system to stop using cocaine, crack cocaine, and any other mind altering substances. By establishing meetings across the globe that are free from prejudice or criticism, they are able to help thousands of people battling with their addiction.

CA’s Brief History in Time

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) was established in Los Angeles in November of 1982 by adopting the AA principles and traditions for those struggling with a cocaine addiction. The founder worked in the film industry and identified the need for a fellowship for cocaine addicts.

Since 1982 Cocaine Anonymous has expanded throughout the United States and Canada providing recovering cocaine addicts with local meetings in their town.

The success with the fellowship has encouraged groups to form across the continent in Europe. CA constructed literature based on AA’s pamphlets and publications in English, French, and Spanish. They later published their own literature called Hope, Faith and Courage: Stories from the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous in 1994.

According to a survey of the CA fellowship 1996, there were an estimate of 30,000 members in over 2,000 groups. CA members who responded to the survey were 32% female and 68% male. Furthermore, the survey reported 37% of members found CA through a recovery program or other 12-Step Groups.

In 1994 there was approximately 2,000 weekly meetings  in the U.S.A. and Canada.  On an international scale there was 155 meetings a week in England as of 2008 with another 19 each week in Scotland.

Disclaimer: DetoxtoRehab.com is in no way affiliated with Cocaine Anonymous nor do we receive funding from the organization for endorsing their fellowship. Our goal is to educate those in need about aftercare programs that help maintain sobriety and help those struggling with addiction find a meeting. Please attend an CA meeting for literature or visit their website for more information.