Cocaine Anonymous is a 12-step program where men and women can gather (both in person and online) to discuss their struggles with drug addiction and work toward recovery. Despite cocaine being in the name, the fellowship is not only for cocaine addicts. On its website it states: “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.”
The organization was founded in 1982, in Los Angeles, by a film industry professional who struggled with his own addiction and wanted a group that would focus on the challenges unique to cocaine abuse and dependence.
While Cocaine Anonymous is not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), it does share much of the structure. (Its founder is said to have first been a member of AA.)
As a result, Cocaine Anonymous (CA) incorporates AA’s Big Book as well as some complementary CA-specific texts into the program. It is open to all genders, ages, races, backgrounds, and religions, and while it does not align itself with or follow any specific faith, it does consider itself a spiritual program. The main goal is to overcome addiction.
Meetings typically open with the Serenity Prayer (“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…”). Afterwards, newer members and guests introduce themselves. That’s followed by a time to ask questions and discuss accomplishments, setbacks, and challenges.
There is no cost to attend, but individual chapters are self-sustaining so members may chip in a small amount if they can manage it.