Public Information

Definition of Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other 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.  C.A. is 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.

C.A.’s Position in the Field of Addiction

C.A is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual addicts who turn to the fellowship for help. Cocaine Anonymous does not engage in the fields of drug addiction research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or propaganda in any form, although members may participate in such activities as individuals.

The Fellowship has adopted a policy of “cooperation but not affiliation” with outside organizations concerned with the problem of addiction. C.A never endorses, supports, becomes affiliated with or expresses an opinion on the programs of others in the field of addiction. C.A has no position on outside issues including the legality or illegality of drugs or any other public policy.

C.A.’s relations with professional groups, agencies, facilities, and individuals involved with the problems of drug addiction are handled by the Public Information Committee. Mutual understanding and cooperation between CA members and others who work with addicts are the concerns of this standing committee of the World Service Office.

The Structure of Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is not organized in the formal or political sense. There are no governing officers, no rules or regulations, no dues or fees.

However, the need for services to addicts throughout the world is very important to the Fellowship. Inquiries from both within and outside the Fellowship have to be answered. Literature has to be written, printed and distributed, and requests for help be followed up.

The main service body of the Fellowship is CA World Services, which is centered at the World Service Office in Los Angeles, California, where employees and service volunteers maintain communications with local Groups and with persons outside the Fellowship who turn to CA for information on the program of recovery. CA Conference-approved Literature and chips are prepared, published and distributed through this office.

The World Service Office, through its Board of Directors, is responsible to the World Service Board of Trustees. The Trustees, who serve as custodians of the Traditions of Cocaine Anonymous as well as interpreters of policies affecting CA as a whole, in turn are responsible to the World Service Conference.

The World Service Conference meets annually to the Fellowship as a whole and consider those actions which affect the Fellowship as a whole. Comprised of Delegates from all the recognized Areas of CA, as well as the Trustees and the World Service Office Board, the Conference considers how best to carry the message of recovery from cocaine addiction to those outside, as well as inside, the meeting rooms of Cocaine Anonymous. Committees of the Conference cover various areas that affect carrying that message of recovery: Literature, Hospitals and Institutions, Public Information, Convention (responsible for the annual World Service Convention), and Unity. Other Committees address the internal functions of the Fellowship: Conference, Finance, and Structure & By-laws. All of the service structure of CA is based on our 9th Tradition: CA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.

The principal of consistent rotation of responsibility is followed by all CA service positions. Positions in the local Group are rotated according to a vote of the Group. Representatives to the local service organization are voted on at the Group level according to a schedule defined by each Group. Officers of the local service organization are elected based on the group conscience of that organization.

To all Media personnel:

The most important Tradition of our organisation is anonymity.  We ask for your invaluable assistance to preserve the anonymity of our recovering addicts by not identifying them as members of Cocaine Anonymous and by not using their names or full-face photographs in any facet of the media.

We always welcome any news items in the media concerning our fellowship.  It must avoid mention of specific personalities.  We appreciate the media’s cooperation over the years and the essential role they have played in making Cocaine Anonymous visible to the large numbers of still-suffering addicts.

Thank you for your understanding and on-going assistance to us in this matter.

For further information please email: p&i@caireland.net

In the spirit of Tradition Six, C.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.