basic unit in C.A. is the local Group, which is autonomous
except in matters affecting other Groups or C.A. as a whole.
The Group has but one primary purpose, which is to help others
to recover through the Twelve suggested
Steps. Each Group is
self-supporting through its own contributions. As the Twelve
Steps are our guide to recovery, the Twelve
our guide to Group unity, growth and discipline. Its members
maintain their personal anonymity at the level of press, radio,
television and films. The importance of the Group, what it
constitutes and its functions cannot be stressed enough. Maintenance
of our recovery depends on the sharing of our experiences,
strength and hope with each other, thus helping us to identify
and understand the nature of our disease.
addicts in C.A. achieve and sustain their recovery as a result
of their participation in the activities of the Group. The
Group is the heart of Cocaine Anonymous and it is vital to
the new member. It is equally important to those who have achieved
recovery as a result of the program. They may continue to participate
and receive assistance from the Group.
Group's total responsibility is perhaps best expressed by the
common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends
upon C.A. unity."
meetings follow a more or less set format, although distinctive
variations have developed. It is our experience that many meetings
begin or end with some form of prayer. While each CA group
is autonomous, and adopts its own format, CA as such never
endorses, opposes or affiliates, expressed or implied, with
any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution.
A leader describes the C.A. program briefly for the benefit
of the newcomers, and then turns the meeting over to a speaker
or to participation. A "Speaker Meeting" involves one or more
speakers, who relate their personal histories, and their experience
of recovery in Cocaine Anonymous. A “Participation Meeting” involves
individuals voluntarily sharing their thoughts and feelings.
time during the meeting, there is usually a period for C.A.
related announcements of interest to the meeting. A collection
is taken to cover rent, literature and chips, refreshments,
contributions to the District, Area and World
Service Office as per the 7th Tradition. Many groups hold a business meeting
monthly or at other intervals to discuss such items as: group
finances, distribution of 7th Tradition, meeting format, election
of trusted servants, etc. It is suggested that records be kept
of group business meeting decisions. Each group is autonomous,
and the group conscience decides how business meetings may
attending meetings are reminded that any opinions or interpretations
they may hear are solely those of the speaker or participant
involved. All members are free to interpret the recovery program
in their own terms, but none can speak for the local Group
or C.A. as a whole.
by C.A. members, their families, friends and other interested
is limited to C.A. members only.
and discuss the Twelve Steps with the Group.
and discuss with the Group any of these books: Alcoholics
Anonymous (the “Big
Book”), Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (“12
and 12”), Hope, Faith & Courage—
Stories from the Fellowship of Cocaine Anonymous (the “C.A.
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 not govern."
CA groups may create such service positions, as they deem necessary
to carry on the group functions with such job duties and
sobriety requirements, as they feel appropriate. Such positions
by way of illustration might include: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson,
Literature, Coffeemaker/Hospitality, Greeter, etc. The suggested
positions of groups are:
SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE (GSR)
GSR position is probably the most important service position
for which a member can be elected. Great care should be taken
with this choice; the quality of the District/Area Services
and ultimately World Services can only be as good as those
choices the individual Groups make. As with the Secretaries,
GSR candidates should only accept positions
for those Groups that they regularly attend (50% of the time).
They are the ones who will carry the information
back to the Group as to what is going on in our Fellowship on
a District/Area level as well as the World level.
should be understood that a GSR does not require Group approval
to vote on matters affecting the Group or C.A. as a whole,
although it is the GSR responsibility to vote mindful of the
group conscience. (See Concept 3). A good GSR is familiar with
World Service Manual and the Twelve
Concepts of World
Services. If the GSR cannot attend, an Alternate should attend.
The person elected GSR should be trusted with the Group vote.
Before accepting a nomination for GSR, the nominee must consider
the level of commitment as well as the sacrifice of time involved.