*Reprinted and adapted with permission of A.A. Grapevine, Inc.
The Structure of Cocaine
Anonymous [BACK TO TOP]
Cocaine Anonymous is not organized
in the formal or political sense. There are no governing officers,
no rules or
regulations, no dues
or fees. While we are guided by the Twelve Traditions of Cocaine
Anonymous, each group is generally free to conduct its business
as it sees fit, as stated in Tradition 4: "Each group should
be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or C.A. as
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 C.A. World Services,
which is centered at the World Service Office in Los Angeles, California.
Here employees and service volunteers maintain communications with
local Groups and with persons outside the Fellowship who turn to
C.A. for information on the program of recovery. C.A. Conference-approved
literature and chips are prepared, published and distributed through
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 C.A. as a whole, in turn are responsible to
the World Service Conference.
The World Service Conference meets
annually to unify the Fellowship and consider those actions which
affect the Fellowship
as a whole.
Comprised of Delegates from all the recognized Areas of C.A., 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 & Bylaws.
All of the service structure of C.A.
is based on our 9th Tradition: "C.A.
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
in all C.A. 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,
as well as the Conference Delegates, are elected based on the group
conscience of these representatives. All such officers, delegates,
and representatives serve at the pleasure of their electors.
Financial Policy [BACK TO TOP]
Since its beginning, Cocaine Anonymous
has affirmed a tradition of being fully self-supporting and of
from non-members. Expenses at the group level for rental of meeting
places, coffee and refreshments, literature, etc., are met by "passing
the hat." In a majority of groups, an amount is set aside
regularly for the support of the World Service Office and their
C.A.'s Position on the Subject of
Addiction [BACK TO TOP]
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, drug education, or propaganda
in any form -- although our members may participate in such activities
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, opposes, becomes
with, or expresses any 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 C.A. members and others who work with addicts
are the concerns of this standing committee of the World Service
Public Relations [BACK TO TOP]
Cocaine Anonymous has adopted the following as its Public Information
In all public relations, C.A.'s
sole objective is to help the still-suffering addict. Always
mindful of the importance of personal anonymity, we
believe this can be done by making known to him and to those
who may be interested in his problem, our own experience as
and as a Fellowship in learning to live without cocaine and all
other mind-altering substances.**
We believe that our experience
should be made available freely to all who express sincere
interest. We believe further that
efforts in this field should always reflect our gratitude for
the gift of sobriety and our awareness that many outside
C.A. are equally
concerned with the serious problem of addiction.
Information and public relations matters affecting the Fellowship
as a whole are the concern of the Public
Information Committee of
Cocaine Anonymous World Services.
Reporters are welcome at open meetings and events of C.A., with
prior approval of the local service body. The only restriction is
a request to bear in mind the importance of anonymity, by not disclosing
the name of any C.A. member. For obvious reasons, cameras are not
permitted at C.A. meetings.
In many areas, C.A. members have formed local committees on public
information and cooperation with the professional community, to assist
local media in obtaining accurate information about our Fellowship.
Cocaine Anonymous offers the following services to the general public: