Cocaine Anonymous: The 12 Steps of Cocaine Anonymous

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Cocaine Anonymous (C.A.) is a 12-step program variant that uses the principles created by Alcoholics Anonymous to help users overcome addiction to cocaine. Members are recovering addicts who come together to help support each other in maintaining sobriety. C.A. has meetings all over the United States for those interested.1

How Does Cocaine Anonymous Work?

Participants in Cocaine Anonymous typically attend meetings to discuss their issues with cocaine, share stories of recovery, and how life is like now. Meetings are to be kept anonymous and things mentioned or talked about during the meeting should be confidential and anonymous. The basis to overcome addiction for C.A. participants is to “surrender ourselves to a Power greater than ourselves,” which may be God, a state of spirituality, or other source of strength. The greater power is frequently associated with God, but C.A. stipulates that that they are not associated with any religious organizations and accept people with all beliefs.2 There are no fees or dues for membership as C.A. is self-supported through their own voluntary contributions.2

What are the 12 Steps of Cocaine Anonymous?

The 12 Steps of Cocaine Anonymous are:3

  1. We admitted we were powerless over cocaine and all other mind-altering substances—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Who Should Attend CA Meetings?

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine.2 Those struggling with addiction to cocaine typically attend CA meetings. Some symptoms of cocaine addiction include:

  • Using cocaine for longer or more than intended.
  • Missing out on prior engagements and responsibilities to spend time using or obtaining cocaine.
  • Continuing to use cocaine despite consequences to the user’s health or wellbeing.
  • Experiencing cravings and/or withdrawal.
  • A desire to stop using cocaine but continuing to do so despite any number of troubles it is causing at work, in the home, in relationships, with one’s finances, or with the law.

Should I Go to Rehab Instead?

Everyone’s situation and relationship with cocaine is different. Cocaine rehab facilities will frequently use the 12-steps as part of the treatment process if patients are interested. If you believe you or a loved one’s cocaine use is becoming a problem, you can give us a call at There, an admissions navigator will listen to your story, determine your options, and help you attend treatment if needed.

The process of overcoming cocaine addiction in rehab typically starts with medically supervised detox, wherein patients are supported as they undergo withdrawal. Then, patients will typically enter the inpatient rehab phase at the same facility. In inpatient rehab programs, patients will attend therapy, meetings, and get help understanding their addiction and ultimately learning strategies to reach long-term recovery.

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